Last season, Jake Thompson had a tough go of it in his first effort in the majors. He also got off to a rough start this season at Lehigh Valley, but has turned things around in his last few starts. This time, Thompson will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Phillies, serving as a long-man out of the pen. It's likely that his stay there may be fairly short.
After going 0-2 with a 28.93 ERA in his first two starts this season with Lehigh Valley, Thompson went 1-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his last three starts. The overall result is a 6.65 ERA and a 1-3 record on the season with Lehigh Valley. Last season with the Phillies, Thompson went 3-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Phillies last season, but was the International League Pitcher of the Year with the IronPigs, going 11-5, 2.50 in 21 Triple-A starts.
To make room for Thompson, the Phillies optioned infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly to Lehigh Valley. Kelly played in three games, going 0-for-2 with the Phillies after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays. Earlier, Kelly was in the majors with the Mets and went 0-for-1 in one major league game. In between his major league stints, Kelly played in two games with the Buffalo Bisons and hit .250 (2-for-8). Having just 11 at-bats combined this season, the Phillies may want Kelly to get some consistent at-bats and playing time.
It didn't take long for Thompson to get game action in Philadelphia. Thompson pitched a perfect inning against the Nationals, striking out two batters in the process.