Phillies not yet ready to return J.A. Happ to the rotation

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J.A. Happ’s rehab assignment is over after six outings in the minors, yet the Phillies aren’t ready to put him back into their rotation and may option him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Happ made just two starts in April before going down with left forearm soreness. He’s pitched 24 1/3 innings since beginning his rehab assignment a month ago, but he has a 6.93 ERA during that span. He’s allowed 33 hits, walked 12 and struck out 17. In his two Triple-A starts, he’s walked eight in 9 1/3 innings.
A decision to send him down would no doubt be partly a result of Kyle Kendrick’s modest success. The right-hander just threw his first career complete game against the Pirates on Sunday and is 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance this season. The Phillies are 8-3 in his last 11 starts.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.