Lannan shows progress in rehab start at Reading

Posted: June 14, 2013

READING - It's not his decision to make, but the Phillies' John Lannan believes he's ready to return to the big leagues.

The 28-year-old lefthander, who was placed on the disabled list in mid-April with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee, made his second rehab start Wednesday night. Lannan allowed two runs over seven innings for the double-A Reading Fightin Phils in a 6-0 loss to the visiting Bowie Baysox at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"Every day you just look for something that got better from the day before," said Lannan, who threw four innings for single-A Clearwater on Friday. "I just pounded the strike zone and felt much better than the last time out."

Lannan said he was limited to 85 pitches or six innings. He faced the minimum through the first three innings, and after throwing just 59 pitches through six, he decided to head out for the seventh.

Bowie loaded the bases with three straight singles and scored a run on a fielder's choice before Lannan escaped the jam with his pitch count exactly at 85 - 61 of them strikes.

"I wanted to go back out there and get some work in," Lannan said. "You don't want to get in any trouble, but I'm kind of glad I did so I could be in a pressure situation."

All of the seven hits Lannan allowed were singles. He walked one and struck out one.

Lannan signed as a free agent in December and was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in three starts for the Phillies before heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career.

He planned to work out in Reading on Thursday while awaiting word from the Phillies on his next assignment.

Veteran righthander Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to start for triple-A Lehigh Valley against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

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