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Jesse Biddle Winds up on Lehigh Valley DL

Jesse Biddle's struggles continued Saturday when he was placed on the DL by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. After various injuries last season, Biddle had stayed healthy this season until now.

While Jesse Biddle has struggled this season, he could at least point to the fact that he had stayed healthy. Biddle wound up on the DL with a left shoulder strain. Biddle has gone 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA in nine starts with Lehigh Valley after being promoted from Double-A Reading in early July. At Double-A, Biddle was 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 15 starts.

When the Phillies drafted Biddle with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, it was expected that he would eventually be a staff ace, but he has yet to reach the majors and has struggled on the mound and has also missed considerable time with injuries. The latest injury will likely end his season.

Biddle is on the Phillies 40-man roster, but he has fallen well down the depth chart of starting pitchers. Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher have both reached the majors after being acquired in the Cole Hamels trade. Aaron Nola, who was drafted in 2014, has also reached the majors and other pitchers such as Zach Eflin and Jack Thompson, who are at Double-A are also ahead of Biddle on the depth chart at this point. Biddle has two remaining options, meaning that the Phillies have control over him through the 2017 season.

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