Trio of 'Pigs heading for Philly?
(Photo: Brad Mills/US Presswire)
(Photo: Brad Mills/US Presswire)
Managing Editor
Posted May 10, 2012


It's the age we live in. Phillies prospect Michael Schwimer was simply congratulating some teammates on their pending promotions to Philadelphia, but he was actually breaking news.

"Congrats to Diekman, Valdes and Luna for being called up." was all the tweet from @mschwimer said. Problem was that the Phillies hadn't yet announced any of those moves and probably didn't want to announce them just yet.

Oops!

Immediately, broadcast and internet organizations jumped all over the news, which makes the oops even bigger.

The issue of players repeating information that they're not supposed to repeat via Twitter is an interesting one for teams to deal with. Last season, the Marlins demoted outfielder Logan Morrison after he fired off some wisecracking tweets about the team. While the Marlins never admitted that they made the move for that reason - Logan was hitting just .249 at the time, but also had 17 home runs - it was just a little too interesting to be coincidental.

There's very little chance that Michael Schwimer got the information wrong, so it's easy to assume that the moves will be announced prior to Friday's series opener against San Diego. And the moves make a lot of sense.

Lance Nix pinch-hit in Wednesday night's loss and hobbled horribly down to first base after collecting a base hit, exiting immediately for a pinch-runner. Odds are that Nix's ailing calf will put him on the DL and that Hector Luna (1-12-.274/.313/.396 at Lehigh Valley) will be taking his spot on the Phillies bench.

The bullpen moves are slightly tougher to figure out, but make sense. Jake Diekman (1-0-5, 0.59) has been dominating at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and was given some consideration to go north with the club out of spring training, but was instead shipped to Lehigh Valley.

Raul Valdes (1-2-1, 3.86 at Lehigh Valley) recently went 15 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run for the IronPigs. Like Diekman, he's a left-hander, but Valdes does have some major league experience having pitched with the Mets in 2010 and with both St. Louis and the New York Yankees last season. Valdes is 3-4, 4.58 in 51 major league games.

As for who will exit the Phillies bullpen, Chad Qualls was not available for Wednesday night's game, but no reason was given. The veteran right-hander has struggled lately, seeing his ERA jump from 1.17 to 3.48 over his last four appearances leading to speculation that he may be battling an injury and will wind up on the DL.

With Joe Savery being optioned back to Lehigh Valley Wednesday night, the Phillies already have one open spot on the 25-man roster and if Qualls hits the DL, there won't be any other moves to be made. If Qualls isn't hurt, then Brian Sanches would be the likely odd-man-out and would have to clear waivers before the Phillies could send him to Lehigh Valley.

The more interesting situation exists with the 40-man roster, which is full and doesn't include Valdes or Luna. To make room for them, the Phillies could move Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to the 60-day DL or find other players to cut to clear room.




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