One quick note to pass along today courtesy of Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle (regular posting will resume tonight or tomorrow to discuss call-ups.)
By now you’ve seen the reports that the Phils have put top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek on the shelf for the remainder of the season as a precautionary measure after reaching 158 innings. While they maintain the 21-year-old is not injured, the fact is the young right-hander has not been sharp since the All-Star break. From Drago’s piece: Benny Looper said he grew concerned last week, watching Drabek during a six-inning stint in Reading. ‘He labored in that game,’ Looper said. ‘He had a lot of pitches up in the zone. He had a lack of command on his pitches, and his pitches just weren't quite as good as they should be.’” Looper told Drago that he threw only one good curveball on the night Looper observed. [Link]
Notes: Former farmhand Carlos Carrasco, who was part of the Cliff Lee trade, will make his Major League debut tomorrow night for the Cleveland Indians against the Tigers.