Philadelphia is in need of plenty of pitching help, but the Phillies have designated veteran right-hander Kevin Correia for assignment after he went 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in five starts.
Correia wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A before being called up by the Phillies and was a mess last season for the Twins and Dodgers, so it’s no surprise that he pitched poorly at age 34.
He’s one season removed from a two-year, $10 million deal with the Twins, but Correia hasn’t posted an ERA better than the league average since 2007 and may be running out of chances.
Right-hander Chad Billingsley will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Phillies’ rotation Thursday versus the Brewers, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Billingsley has missed six weeks with a shoulder injury and didn’t fare particularly well on his minor-league rehab assignment, but he’s feeling healthy and the Phillies basically need warm bodies for the rotation.
Billingsley made three starts for the Phillies before being shut down, allowing 13 runs in 16 innings after missing most of 2013 and all of 2014 with injuries.
This morning Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled Friday start with a hamstring strain and this afternoon when the media entered the Phillies’ clubhouse they noticed that his nameplate and various belongings were gone from his locker.
That series of events–plus months of Hamels trade rumors–led to speculation that a trade may have happened, but instead it was just a joke by … well, no one is sure yet.
I hope it turns out general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did it.
Philadelphia’s pitching staff just lost a little veteran depth, as the Phillies placed right-hander Jerome Williams on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Williams has been terrible this season, posting a 6.43 ERA in 14 starts and allowing opponents to hit .331 off him after signing with the Phillies for $2.5 million.
Last season Williams had a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies, which convinced them to bring him back this year, but he’s got a lifetime 4.55 ERA through age 33 and has posted an ERA under 4.00 just once since 2004.
Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”
It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.
Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.
Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.