Phillies Notes: Trading places: Martin moves to bullpen, Cloyd to start

Posted: September 09, 2013

Standing in the Phillies dugout hours before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, pitching coach Rich Dubee made one of the least surprising announcements.

Dubee said Phillies righthander Ethan Martin would be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season and that Tyler Cloyd would take his place in the rotation.

"His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup," Dubee said. "Again, I don't know if it is because of fatigue, if he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through."

Martin has a 4.05 ERA in the first inning, 6.00 in the second, 6.00 in the third, 4.50 in the fourth and 15.75 in the fifth.

In innings one through three his ERA is 5.30 and in innings four through six it is 8.18.

Martin is 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA in 30 innings for the Phillies. He has a WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched of 1.80).

Martin went 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 1152/3 innings for triple-A Lehigh Valley.

"I do think this guy is a gem," Dubee said. "I think he is going to play some big role on a pitching staff and it will be a nice little chance to take a different look at him."

Dubee said that Martin would likely be available to pitch on Saturday. He threw 42/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Dubee on Doc

Dubee said he is very encouraged by Roy Halladay in his three starts since coming back from his May 15 shoulder surgery. Halladay has a 4.23 ERA in 17 innings with eight strikeouts and nine walks.

Dubee has heard the criticism of Halladay's reduced velocity and says people ought to realize what the righthander went through just to return to the mound.

"We don't say anything about people collecting workman's comp who have had an injury that probably should be working and are milking the system and we have this guy who is doing it the right way," Dubee said. "And we want to be judgmental about that. I have a problem with that."

Getting the bug

Halladay was sick with a bug he picked up on Friday, Dubee said. If he is feeling better, Halladay will pitch on Tuesday against San Diego, but if not, he could switch days with Cloyd and pitch Wednesday, according to Dubee.

No more dismissals

The Phillies recently fired Gorman Heimueller as roving minor-league pitching coordinator. Director of player development Joe Jordan doesn't anticipate any more such moves although he says the organization may shuffle some things.

"I think we have a lot of really good baseball people, good workers," Jordan said. "They're Phillie people and they're capable. Unless somebody gets an opportunity somewhere else, I'm not looking to do anything else as far as letting someone go."

Award winners

Reading centerfielder Zach Collier and Lakewood starter Mark Leiter Jr. were named the Phillies minor-league players of the month for August. Collier hit .327 with five triples, 10 RBIs and a .918 on-base plus slugging percentage. Leiter pitched in six games for three teams, the Phillies Gulf Coast League entry, Clearwater, and Lakewood and was 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA.


Inquirer writer Bob Brookover contributed to this article.

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