The Phillies announced after last night’s excruciating, late inning loss to the New York Mets that they have placed starting P Vince Velasquez on the 10-day DL with numbness in his middle finger on his throwing hand. I immediately thought of a call up for Jake Thompson, Ben Lively, or even the under-the-radar Brandon Leibrandt (4-1, 3.14 ERA in 8 AAA starts), although Brandon would have to be added to the 40-man for that to happen.
Instead, the Phillies re-called utilityman Ty Kelly.
Incredibly, Velasquez told MLB.com’s Ben Harris that he “didn’t do that well of a preparation from the offseason until now,” and that he thinks he “could have done a better job.” There’s no indication that this recent injury is related to his lack of offseason preparation, but if there is any issue with his prep or work ethic, the Phillies better get that straightened out if he wants to be part of the future of this team.
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