The All-Star Break is a good time to make a few moves and freshen up some rosters. The Phillies did just that.
The first of the moves involved the big league club when Vance Worley was recalled by the Phillies from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will start against the New York Mets Friday night. That move was planned far in advance, actually dating back to when the Phillies optioned Worley back to the IronPigs immediately following his last start with the Phillies. The option and following recall were done to give Worley another start rather than have him sit idle through the entire break.
To make room for Worley, the Phillies sent Scott Mathieson back to Lehigh Valley, where he'll start the second game of a double-header on Thursday night. Mathieson has been a reliever for much of his career, but is being returned to his original role as a starter.
Perhaps the most interesting move is the promotion of Joe Savery from Double-A Reading to Lehigh Valley. The last year has been a strange one for Savery, who was a number one pick of the Phillies in 2007.
Originally, Savery was groomed to be a starter in the Phillies organization, but he struggled with his control and by late in the 2010 season, Savery found himself serving as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter for Lehigh Valley. At Rice University, Savery was a pitcher and first baseman and when he was drafted, some thought he would be best served to continue on as a first baseman in the pro ranks.
Savery started this season at Clearwater and opened the season on a hot streak that just about any hitter would envy. Eventually though, his offense came back down to Earth and Savery wound up pitching two innings for the Threshers. It turned out that he was reborn as a pitcher and started putting up impressive numbers as a reliever for Clearwater.
By mid-June, Savery was at Reading, but hit just .200 in 16 games with the R-Phils. The good news for him is that he was suddenly impressive once again on the mound. In six games with Reading, Savery was 1-0 and allowed just one earned run in nine innings of work, covering six appearances.
Savery will be working primarily as a reliever for Lehigh Valley, but don't be surprised if he gets an at-bat here and there.
Catcher John Suomi was brought back to Lehigh Valley to cover for Triple-A All-Star Erik Kratz, who didn't return from his appearance as a member of the International League team in Salt Lake City in time for Thursday's double-header.
Lehigh Valley also put reliever Phillippe Aumont on the DL with a right shoulder strain. And at Reading, Chance Chapman, who had also suffered a right shoulder strain, was activated from the DL.
Kevin Frandsen continues his comeback from a 50 game suspension for violating baseball's substance abuse policy, moving from Clearwater to Reading after just four games with the Threshers.
With all of the moves, pitcher Tim Redding and infielder Niuman Romero were released by the Phillies from Lehigh Valley and Reading respectively.