Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen today — Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen. And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his unconditional release.
Batista started the year deceptively strong — his ERA was low anyway, which doesn’t necessarily tell you what you need to know about a reliever — but he crashed to Earth in June. Last night was the final straw, as he came into the game with the bases loaded, promptly walked the first two men he faced and then allowed a two-run single. A terrible few moments in what was already a terrible inning for St. Louis.
In his place comes Lance Lynn, recalled from Memphis. He has started and relieved, but he’ll be doing long man work for Tony La Russa. Most likely in a more effective fashion than Batista who, really, may have thrown his last pitch in the majors.
NEW YORK — Infielder Alec Bohm, the Philadelphia Phillies’ RBIs leader, was put on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring.
Philadelphia made the move retroactive. The Phillies selected the contract of infielder Drew Ellis from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by designating outfielder Cal Stevenson for assignment.
“Very mild, but we want to take care of it and knock it out,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.
Bohm missed the game at Atlanta because of the same issue. Philadelphia was off, and Bohm aggravated the injury while fielding a slow roller in the series opener against the Mets.
He is hitting .265 with six homers and 37 RBIs. Bohm has made 32 starts at first and 17 at third.
Thomson said Ellis will play first base against left-handed starters. Washington southpaw MacKenzie Gore is scheduled to face the Phillies.
Ellis, 27, played for Arizona and Seattle during the past two seasons and was released from a minor league contract by the Mariners on March 17. He signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on April 12. He hit .269 with eight homers and 27 RBIs for Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley.
“They say he’s at least average at first base and he’s comfortable there,” Thomson said.