Phillies Notes: Buchanan to make his major-league debut Saturday

David Buchanan, 25, will be making his big-league debut. At Lehigh Valley, he was 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA.
David Buchanan, 25, will be making his big-league debut. At Lehigh Valley, he was 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff)
Posted: May 25, 2014

With Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list due to a left elbow strain, Lehigh Valley IronPigs righthander David Buchanan will make his major-league debut for the Phillies in Saturday's 3:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies will have to make a corresponding move before the game in order to add Buchanan to the roster.

Buchanan was a nonroster invitee to spring training, who impressed the Phillies by posting a 2.25 ERA, while striking out 11 and walking two in 12 innings in five games.

At Lehigh Valley, Buchanan was 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts. He struck out 31 and walked 17 in 402/3 innings.

Buchanan won't blow people away with velocity and has to be precise in locating his pitches.

"He has four pitches that he throws for strikes and in spring training he mixed his pitches real well, and that was impressive," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Friday's game. "He also had the ability to stay down in the zone with all of his pitches."

Sandberg last saw the 25-year-old Buchanan pitch on March 24 in a two-inning scoreless spring training stint against Toronto.

"I thought he was very mature, I think he handled everything for his first big-league camp," Sandberg said. "He opened up a lot of eyes."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said his players will watch tape of Buchanan along with reading advanced scouting reports. He also said taking a pitch or two may be a good practice.

"For myself, if I was going to face a guy I hadn't faced before, I would usually look at one [pitch] just to see the rate of speed, see what it looks like, how it comes out of his hand and get a little information," Mattingly said.

Who's in center?

Since Ben Revere came down with a stomach virus last Friday, center field has been in flux for the Phillies. John Mayberry Jr. started the first and third games last weekend against the Cincinnati Reds, with Tony Gwynn Jr. starting the middle game.

Gywnn started the first two games on Tuesday and Wednesday against Miami and Revere was the starter on Thursday.

Mayberry was the starter against Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw on Friday.

It appears as if Sandberg is waiting until somebody steps up and shows he should be the regular.

"Center field has been a little bit of matchups as of late," Sandberg said. "But it doesn't have to be the case."


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