The Chad Qualls Nightmare Is Over for Now

The Chad Qualls Nightmare Is Over for Now

You won't get the opportunity to watch Chad Qualls blow today's game against the Pirates.

Following last night's game, Charlie Manuel was asked at what point do you start just running up youngsters from inside the system one by one to see if any of them can handle a bullpen role better than those currently there who had been floundering all season. Manuel hinted that that was exactly what the team may need to start doing.

Today, they're giving Jeremy Horst his shot. Horst was promoted to the big league club from Lehigh Valley as Chad Qualls was designated for assignment.

Horst came over from Cincinatti in the Wilson Valdez trade this offseason. From the official release:

Horst has gone 2-1 with two saves and a 2.11 ERA in 26 games with the
IronPigs this season.  Since April 28, Horst has posted a 1.61 ERA with
22 strikeouts in 27.1 innings for Lehigh Valley.  The 26-year-old made
12 relief appearances with the Cincinnati Reds last season, posting a
2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings.

Horst will wear No 47.

Joe Savery was also DFA'd with Brian Sanches getting another call up.

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UPDATE! Qualls did not take the news well this morning and asked Ruben to trade him. Let's play a game and guess what you think the Phillies could get in return in a trade for Chad Qualls?

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Here's Manuel talking last night about the shoddy penmanship.

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.

Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.

Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.

With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.

Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.

"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."

Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.

Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.

Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.

In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.

Look at this ridiculous bat flip.

According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.

Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.