Phillies activate Halladay, call up J.C. Ramirez

Phillies activate Halladay, call up J.C. Ramirez

August 25, 2013, 12:30 pm
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J.C. Ramirez (left) and Roy Halladay will join the Phillies' roster on Sunday. (AP)

The Phillies made some minor roster moves prior to their Sunday series finale with the Diamondbacks.

First, the team announced its obvious activation of Roy Halladay, Sunday’s starter versus Arizona (see story). Halladay was originally scheduled to make a rehab start for Double A Reading, but after Saturday night’s 18-inning marathon, Halladay was summoned back to the Phillies’ rotation.

The club also recalled right-handed reliever J.C. Ramirez from Triple A Lehigh Valley. To make room for Halladay and Ramirez, the Phillies optioned starter Tyler Cloyd and reliever Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley.

Ramirez will be a much-needed arm out of the bullpen after the relief crew threw 17 1/3 innings on Saturday. Ramirez pitched in 11 games for the Phillies from late-June to the end of July, going 0-1 with a 7.43 ERA in 13 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up 13 hits, struck out nine and walked eight.

Cloyd was originally scheduled to start Sunday but was forced into relief duty Saturday, throwing five shutout innings despite walking five.

The Phillies also transferred starter Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder strain) and Michael Stutes (right biceps tendinitis) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

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