Phillies Notes: Martin looks good as Phillies defeat Rockies, 5-4

Phillies starter Ethan Martin tossed six scoreless innings Monday before wavering in the seventh of a 5-4 victory over Colorado. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies starter Ethan Martin tossed six scoreless innings Monday before wavering in the seventh of a 5-4 victory over Colorado. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 21, 2013

Ethan Martin is a man of few words, but it doesn't require much thought by the 24-year-old rookie to understand his tenuous position in the Phillies' rotation. Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone are scheduled for Tuesday minor-league rehab starts. Their returns are imminent.

All Martin did was toss six scoreless innings Monday before wavering in the seventh of a 5-4 victory over Colorado.

"A smoother performance," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Martin. "He really conserved his energy. He was in control. He was very good."

The Phillies will make a change to their starting rotation Tuesday, and it figures to be the first of many alterations in the coming days. Tyler Cloyd will be recalled to start Tuesday against Colorado. He replaces John Lannan, who could miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Once Halladay and Pettibone arrive, Martin could be the odd man out. Martin, 24, appears headed for a future in the bullpen. The Phillies could expedite that with a transition in September and discover whether he can be a cog in 2014.

His fastball hovered at 94 m.p.h. in the early innings and dipped to 89 m.p.h. in the seventh. Martin has struck out 14 and walked one during his first time through lineups in 2013. That ratio drops to nine strikeouts against eight walks later in games.

Halladay, of course, has an arm everyone respects. He will start for single-A Lakewood after throwing 87 pitches for the Gulf Coast League Phillies last week. He should approach 100 pitches in this start, but now it is less about stamina and more about results.

Ruben Amaro Jr. initially said Halladay could require just two starts before his return to the majors from shoulder surgery. His performance Tuesday will dictate whether that prediction holds.

Pettibone, sidelined by shoulder soreness, could be ready after this latest game with triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cloyd was sharper in recent weeks. He has a 1.33 ERA in his last seven starts at triple A with 32 strikeouts and five walks in 471/3 innings.

Extra bases

Washington released outfielder Roger Bernadina on Monday. He could be a fit with the Phillies, who are searching for any semblance of center-field competency. Bernadina, 29, grew stale on the Nationals bench. He bats lefthanded. . . . Ben Revere was cleared to bear weight on his broken right ankle, but his return in 2013 remains unlikely. . . . The Phillies will demote a reliever before Tuesday's game to clear space for Cloyd. . . . The Phillies optioned lefty Raul Valdes to triple A following the game to clear space for Cloyd.


Contact Matt Gelb at mgelb@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @magelb.

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