Phillies Notes: Ready to test his cutter, Cloyd will start Friday

Cole Hamels works against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hamels was locked in a pitchers' duel with Patrick Corbin through five innings.
Cole Hamels works against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hamels was locked in a pitchers' duel with Patrick Corbin through five innings. (ROSS D. FRANKLIN / Associated Press)
Posted: May 11, 2013

PHOENIX - Cliff Lee saw the newest member of the Phillies rotation in a leather recliner Thursday and went to shake his hand.

"Welcome back," Lee told Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd nodded.

The Phillies will use their seventh starter in their 37th game Friday night. Cloyd is the arm to replace Roy Halladay in the rotation, which makes him the fourth homegrown pitcher in the rotation. He made six starts in the majors with a 4.91 ERA at the end of last season after winning honors as the International League's pitcher of the year.

Cloyd was bypassed earlier this season when Jonathan Pettibone was picked to replace John Lannan. The 25-year-old pitcher said it did not bother him because he was scuffling at triple A. His start Friday will mark a week since his finest outing.

"Everything kind of clicked, finally," Cloyd said.

He struck out 10 Indianapolis Indians in eight innings of one-run ball May 3. The difference, he said, was the use of an effective cutter. That was a pitch he threw nearly a third of the time in the majors last season.

Because Cloyd will not overpower anyone (his fastball will rarely crack 90 m.p.h.) he must have a full arsenal of pitches with pristine command. The cutter is key; it was missing during his first five starts of 2013, which amounted to a 6.67 ERA.

Manuel's long run

This is the Phillies' 131st season. They began in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers, and two men, Bob Ferguson and Blondie Purcell, served as player-managers.

On Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Manuel managed his 1,332d game with the Phillies, making him the franchise's longest-tenured manager.

"That means my players have been good for a long time," Manuel said. "That's what it means."

The 69-year-old Manuel is already the franchise's winningest manager. He passed Gene Mauch, who managed 1,331 games from 1960 to 1968, for his next milestone.

"I always say, when somebody asks me about accolades, I can never say I accept all of them because there are a lot of people involved in it," Manuel said. "It's a team thing. I was a part of it. How big a part? I don't know."

Halladay's surgery

Halladay will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles, the Phillies announced.

Neal ElAttrache, the renowned orthopedist who diagnosed Halladay's injury, will perform the procedure. An initial diagnosis based on an arthrogram revealed a partial tear of Halladay's rotator cuff and fraying of his labrum (cartilage), both of which were caused by a bone spur in his shoulder.

The Phillies do not have a timetable for Halladay's return.


 

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