Pettibone to start Monday; Dubee mum on Halladay

Pettibone to start Monday; Dubee mum on Halladay

April 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Jonathan Pettibone went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA last season in Triple A. (AP)

Back in spring training, Jonathan Pettibone described himself as being “on Cloud 9” when he was grouped with Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Kyle Kendrick during a team golf outing.

Now Pettibone is in the same starting rotation as the aforementioned threesome. The Phillies will add the 22-year-old right-hander to their active roster Monday and he will make his major-league debut that night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He replaces John Lannan, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps tendon after his last start.

The Phils sent reliever Joe Savery back to Triple A to make room for the addition of Pettibone.

Pettibone was not off to a good start at Triple A. He was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in his first two starts and he allowed 15 hits in 9 1/3 innings. But Monday is Pettibone’s day to pitch and he is on the 40-man roster, so the move made sense.

Lannan could miss up to eight weeks. It remains to be seen, however, how long Pettibone will stay with the club. A good start Monday night could earn him another one next weekend, but there is a school of thought that lefty Adam Morgan could come up from Triple A very soon. The Phillies were reluctant to bring Morgan up for Monday night’s start because he would have been on short rest.

“I think it lined up well for him,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Pettibone. “He’s a guy who’s got stuff. He hasn’t pitched great this year yet, but his stuff has been good. The reports about his stuff and competitiveness have been good. His command hasn’t been great.

“Hopefully he’s got enough weapons and guile to pitch well for us. He’s got a pretty good arsenal. We’ll see how he competes.”

Pettibone was a third-round draft pick in 2008. He passed on a chance to pitch for the University of Southern California and signed with the Phils for $500,000. His dad, Jay, pitched in the majors with Minnesota. Charlie Manuel managed the elder Pettibone in the minors.

Though he has struggled early this season at Triple A, Pettibone has had some success at that level. He pitched his way to Triple A late last season and went 4-1with a 2.55 ERA in seven starts.

Pettibone throws a full repertoire of pitches. He has a good changeup and added a cutter last season. One of his strengths, according to talent evaluators, is his pitching IQ.

He’ll get a chance to show it Monday night against a Pirates team that swept the Reds last weekend and took three from the Braves this weekend.

“He’s got a great opportunity,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said.

Dubee mum on Halladay
The Phillies’ pitching coach was asked for his thoughts on Roy Halladay’s last two outings, a pair of strong starts against Miami and St. Louis.

Dubee brusquely declined to speak about Halladay’s work during an interview session with reporters Sunday.

“I’m not going to talk about it,” Dubee said. “Everybody bashed Roy Halladay long enough. Now he has a couple of good ones and all of a sudden he’s a Cy Young candidate. You guys ride that roller coaster and we’ll stay where we’re at. Let Roy be Roy.”

Halladay was tagged for 12 hits and 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts. He has won his last two outings, allowing just seven hits and three runs in 15 innings.

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