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.
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.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies have placed starter Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a strained right shoulder. Hector Neris has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Billingsley pitched well against the Diamondbacks on Friday, his third start of the season. He has a 6.75 ERA and a 7/3 K/BB ratio in 16 innings overall, his first work in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and had flexor tendon surgery in June 2014.
The Phillies haven’t announced yet what they’ll do in Billingsley’s absence. Severino Gonzalez could get a promotion back to the majors on the day of what would have been Billingsley’s next scheduled start, Wednesday at Coors Field against the Rockies.