The Phillies try to maintain their steady second-half ascent in a 5:05 p.m. tilt Sunday evening against the Braves. The Phils have taken two from the Wild Card leaders to climb to eight back.
De Fratus, Diekman promoted: As expected, the Phillies have promoted right-hander Justin De Fratus and lefty Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs were eliminated from postseason contention on Saturday. De Fratus, 24, was 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 22/3 K/BB in 21 2-3 innings. Elbow problems cut his season season short right out of the chute in spring training. Otherwise, he would have been part of the bullpen picture. De Fratus, who appeared in five games with the Phillies last season, is considered a top prospect based on his ability to not only miss bats, but throw strikes. This will be Diekman's second stint with the club. The lefty showed flashes of promise over a two-and-a-half month audition with the parent club, but struggled with his command, posting a 29/15 K/BB in 21 1-3 innings. Diekman and the Phils should benefit from the favorable matches the expanded roster will provide.
Meanwhile, the Phils are keeping their names in the discussion for a miracle Wild Card berth and have played about as well as anyone in the current field of late. [Jump to the newest comments]