Philadelphia signed Aaron Harang to eat innings this season and his arm has remained healthy enough to make a league-high 17 starts, but a foot injury has sent the 37-year-old right-hander to the disabled list.
Harang has been shut down with plantar fasciitis, which is a potentially ugly injury that tends to linger. He’s done his job for the Phillies, taking the mound every fifth day and posting a decent 4.08 ERA while soaking up losses on a bad team, although his performance slipped recently.
Harang signed a one-year, $5 million deal, so the injury puts a dent into whatever slim chance the Phillies had of trading him for a semi-competent prospect before July 31.
Chad Billingsley, who had been on the disabled list, replaces Harang in the rotation.
After demoting struggling starter Shane Greene to Triple-A Toledo on Friday afternoon, the Tigers are reportedly having trade conversations involving starting pitchers, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Greene, 26, started the season off on fire, allowing only two runs in 23 innings. He quickly went off the rails, though, posting an 8.60 ERA over his next 10 starts.
It’s not known which pitchers interest the Tigers the most. Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, and Scott Kazmir are three elite pitchers that could be made available at the right price. Lower-tier pitchers who may be available include Aaron Harang, Mike Leake, and Kyle Lohse, among others.
The Phillies are playing the Rockies and one of the Rockies is former Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was asked about the end of his tenure in Philly following last season. Here’s what he had to say:
Ruben (Amaro Jr.) called me about a week after the season and said we’re going to go in a different direction, we’re going to go younger,” Kendrick said, “and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That’s the way it is.
Kendrick is 30, while Harang is 37 and Williams is 33. Of course Harang is pitching fantastically this year and Williams is pitching better than Kendrick as well, so we’ll give Amaro points for judgment in this case even if he doesn’t get points for candor.
Back in the day, when the Phillies were winning, Amaro would’ve used the Jedi mind trick he was alleged to have at his disposal and Kendrick would actually agree that he was older than those two guys.