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The 'Bone is Rising: Pettibone to Debut Monday

At least for starters, the Phillies will call upon right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to fill John Lannan's rotation spot.


A host of sources reported Sunday afternoon that the Phillies will recall Jonathan Pettibone to make his major league debut against the Pirates Monday night, replacing injured lefty John Lannan. The 22 year old California native was the club's third round selection in the 2008 draft, which already has produced six major leaguers (Anthony Gose, Vance Worley, Michael Stutes, B.J. Rosenberg, Michael Schwimer, Tyler Cloyd).

Pettibone gets the call despite a slow start to his 2013 campaign at triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he's 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in two starts. Last season, splitting his time between AA and AAA, he went a combined 13-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 6.4 strikeouts per inning.

With Lannan's injury expected to keep him out as much as two months, Pettibone could pitch himself into the team's short-term plans with a good outing tomorrow. At the same time, the presence of viable alternatives in erstwhile triple-A rotation-mates Cloyd, Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin could mean that a poor debut sends him back up the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Ed. Note 4/22/13: Our very own MLB Daily Dish is reporting that Joe Savery has been sent back down to AAA Lehigh Valley as a corresponding roster move.