Philadelphia Phillies: Is Now the Perfect Time to Get John Lannan Back?

By Marilee Gallagher

As a team that has suffered its fair share of them in 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies know full well that injuries can be debilitating and devastating to playoff chances.

So far in 2013, the Phillies have, for the most part, avoided this injury bug. In fact, to date, John Lannan is the only one on the team who has missed significant time due to injury.

All of that could change soon however as after one of the worst starts in his career, it was announced that Roy Halladay has been pitching with shoulder soreness, something he has felt since after his start on April 24.

Questions about Halladay’s health and if he will be able to make his next start would have Phillies’ fans and those in the organization concerned, of course. However, it isn’t all bad as it seems Halladay’s injury may have come at just the right time.

As the Philadelphia Daily News reported, Lannan’s knee was being re-evaluated on Sunday. On the 15-Day DL since April 18, Lannan has been eligible to return since May 3.

Now while Lannan is certainly no Halladay, the 28-year-old had been pitching pretty well in his three starts this season. He got knocked around pretty badly in his last start but before that, he had pitched two quality outings, giving up just four runs and eight hits in 13 innings.

Earlier in the season, maybe as recently as a week or two ago, everyone would have been content with Lannan staying on the DL for as long as possible. After all, with Lannan on the DL, rookie Jonathan Pettibone, one of the minor league baby aces, had the opportunity to make his major league debut — which has been very good to this point.

But if Halladay needs to be out, Lannan will once again have a spot in the rotation. That is, of course, unless the Phillies want to promote one of their other baby aces.

Only time will tell but right now, timing, if nothing else, seems to be in the Phillies’ favor.

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