Howie Kendrick placed on 10-day disabled list, Mark Leiter Jr. called up

Howie Kendrick placed on 10-day disabled list, Mark Leiter Jr. called up

Updated: 6:17 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Phillies left-fielder Howie Kendrick was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.
 
The Phillies called up relief pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Kendrick's roster spot.
 
Leiter's dad, Mark Sr., pitched for the Phillies in 1997 and 1998. Mark Jr. was a 22nd-round draft pick of the Phillies in 2013 out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
 
Kendrick suffered a chest injury while throwing in the outfield in Washington on Saturday. He was able to get through that game -- and, in fact, made two nice catches -- but was too sore to play Sunday.
 
Though the injury was no worse on Tuesday, Kendrick was still on the shelf. In the new Basic Agreement, a stay on the disabled list is now 10 days, down from 15, so Kendrick could be back in a week as the DL assignment can be backdated three days.
 
Kendrick described the injury as something like a muscle pull just under his sternum. It is not an oblique injury, he said.
 
"It's sort of the upper ab, lower rib cage area," he said. "The good news is it's gotten no worse. But I feel it when I take swings off a tee in the cage."
 
Game action is a lot more intense than tee work, so Kendrick was out of Tuesday night's lineup even before his assignment to the DL was announced. He was replaced in left field by switch-hitting Daniel Nava.
 
Kendrick said an MRI was planned for the coming days.
 
Leiter, 25, was off to a good start at Triple A. He had allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings over two appearances. He walked two and struck out 11.
 
The Leiters are now the second father-son duo to play for the Phillies, joining the Amaros, Ruben Sr. and Jr.

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Cameron Perkins' call-up to the majors opened up an outfield spot at Triple A Lehigh Valley and Andrew Pullin was the beneficiary, earning a promotion Thursday.

Pullin's success at Double A Reading has been somewhat overshadowed by Scott Kingery's eye-popping first three months but Pullin has nearly kept pace with the second baseman all season. In 67 games with Reading, the 23-year-old Pullin hit .308/.368/.556 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The left-handed hitting Pullin has been locked in for the better part of the last two years. He hit .322 with an .885 OPS last season, splitting time between Clearwater and Reading.

Pullin is not on the 40-man roster and in December was exposed in the Rule 5 draft. For whatever reason, he went unclaimed. It's difficult to imagine that happening again this winter if he's not protected on the 40.

As for Kingery, expect his promotion to come soon. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said last week that the next challenge for Kingery is looming. Don't be surprised if that promotion from Double A to Triple A occurs Monday when the IronPigs return to Lehigh Valley. With Reading home this weekend, it would be just a short trip for Kingery.

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Odubel Herrera made a costly mistake in the Phillies' 10th-inning, 7-6 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday night.

With the game tied in the bottom of ninth, Herrera ran through a stop sign from third base coach Juan Samuel and was subsequently thrown out at home by a mile, thus putting an end to the inning. When the Phils came out onto the field for the top of the 10th inning, Herrera was taken out of the game via a double-switch. 

Herrera won't have to wait long to have a chance to redeem himself as he was moved from sixth to third in the Phils' lineup Thursday, with the team looking to avoid having a series swept from them for a second consecutive time. Aaron Altherr, who had been mostly manning the No. 3 spot in the order, was given the day off. Howie Kendrick, who paces the Phillies with a .350 batting average, was also left out of the lineup in favor of Andrés Blanco.

Cameron Perkins, who made his first major league start in the leadoff spot last night, will bat first again after collecting a pair of hits.

Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the Cardinals looking to deliver the Phillies their 14th loss in the last 15 games. Martinez (6-5, 2.86 ERA) tossed a complete-game shutout against the Phils on June 10, surrendering just four hits while striking out 11 in a 7-0 St. Louis win.

Opposite Martinez will be Aaron Nola (3-5, 4.76 ERA), who tossed five innings of three-run ball in his only start against the Cardinals this season on June 10. Nola has been tagged with a loss in five of his last six outings. 

Here is today's full lineup:

1. Cameron Perkins, RF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrés Blanco, 2B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P