After two strong outings, John Lannan simply didn’t have his best stuff on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. As a result, the Philadelphia Phillies found themselves at the receiving end of a sweep by the Reds and a series that they would like to forget.
It was a game that Lannan would like to forget, as he now finds himself on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Lannan could be out six to eight weeks, leaving a hole in the Phillies’ rotation.
No team likes to deal with injury, but the Phillies certainly didn’t want to have to deal with one this early in the season. Worse yet, they’re dealing with a blow to their starting rotation, which has a suboptimal 4.90 ERA in the first 15 games.
Now they have to try and find a way to replace Lannan, which won’t be easy.
The Phillies had both Aaron Cook and Rodrigo Lopez in spring camp, but neither veteran survived when the team came north. The Phillies decided to have a relatively youthful rotation in AAA, which will now be tested.
For now, the Phillies are expected to call up a reliever for the next few games, and then make a roster move to bring up a starter for Lannan’s spot on Monday.
Adam Morgan could be a candidate, but he threw 100 pitches in five innings Thursday, which wouldn’t give him a proper four days of rest. That said, Morgan could come up on short rest and have a pitch limit assigned to him.
Simply put, there’s no other surefire option to call up from the minors for the Phillies right now.
Lannan did not pitch well last night in Cincinnati, but there’s no question the Phillies would rather have him in their rotation right now than be faced with having to call up an inexperienced starter.