Thursday, April 22, 2010

Halladay, Happ, Polanco, Romero

On the heels of Roy Halladay's dominance in a complete game shutout victory over the Braves, the Phillies announced some disappointing news as well as some positive.

First, Halladay is now 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA with two complete games and one shutout. He's been better than advertised and has to be the early season Cy Young award favorite.

The Phils' second best starter this season, J.A. Happ was placed on the DL today as a result of the elbow injury which caused him to miss his start in Atlanta. Nelson Figueroa will start on Saturday in Happ's place.

Placido Polanco, who left last night's game with a bruised left elbow after being hit by a pitch, will sit out tonight's rubber match in Atlanta. He could return to the lineup Friday in Arizona.

On a positive note, reliever J.C. Romero was added to the active roster. He pitched well in his rehab outings and should help some of the early season bullpen woes.

Tonight, sinker-baller Derek Lowe takes the mound against Jamie Moyer in an important start for Moyer. He's pitched well in his two starts, if not for a horrendous inning mixed into each outing. Inconsistency plagued Moyer last season and it's something he needs to overcome this year to be successful.

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