While the Phillies waited until the last minute to make it official that Adam Morgan would be starting Friday night in Philadelphia, pretty much everybody figured that was the move that was coming to fill the rotation spot of veteran Charlie Morton, who went on the DL with a hamstring injury. As it turned out, the Phillies made a number of moves throughout their organization, with most of the moves involving pitchers.
To make room for Morgan, the Phillies optioned reliever Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley. Garcia was initially the one who was recalled when Morton got hurt, giving the Phillies another arm for the bullpen until Morton's spot in the rotation came up. Garcia threw one shutout inning in his short time with the club.
The Phillies then replaced Morgan's spot in the rotation at Lehigh Valley by promoting Alec Asher from Reading and also added reliever Severino Gonzalez to the bullpen. Relievers Hoby Milner and Reinier Roibal were reassigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley. Asher, who admitted to being a little upset at being assigned to Double-A to start the season, was 1-2 with a 3.20 ERA in Reading this season, while Gonzalez was pitching well out of the Fightins bullpen, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six relief appearances.
Milner's reassignment was a little surprising, since the left-hander had just joined Lehigh Valley out of extended camp and had retired all 16 batters that he faced, striking out eight of the hitters that he faced. Roibal, meanwhile, wasn't a surprise, as he had struggled both out of the bullpen and as a spot starter in three games with Lehigh Valley, posting an 8.44 ERA.
The Phillies then sent reliever Joely Rodriguez (0-0, 4.22) from Reading to Clearwater and replaced him with right-hander John Richy, who made one start with the Threshers and allowed one earned run in five innings of work, collecting a win in his season debut. The Fightin' Phils also saw catcher Greg Brodzinski, who had just recently joined the team, be reassigned to extended camp. The move of Brodzinski could signal that catcher Jorge Alfaro will be coming off the DL (strained oblique) in the near future. For now, Jake Fox is back to serving as Reading's backup catcher.
Reliever Michael Mariot started a rehab assignment with Clearwater on Friday.