No, Andrew Bailey isn’t escaping from the Phillies. He’s injured totally by accident and has to leave them for awhile. This certainly isn’t voluntary, and he’s not going to enjoy every moment away from them while he’s recuperating from a hamstring strain that he got while he was covering first base on Wednesday. Though the confetti he threw as he left was probably unnecessary.
But one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. While Andrew Bailey cools his heels on the DL for 15 days, Edubray Ramos has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the very first time to take his place. Ramos has been one of the best relievers in the Phillies’ minor league system. He’s spent time at Reading and Lehigh Valley, with a combined 1.16 ERA, 41 strikeouts, and just four walks. Four! That’s it! Who is this magic pitching man who strikes dudes out instead of letting them hit the ball or walk to first!? Thank goodness he’s arrived.
With the bullpen coughing up runs like a consumptive waif, hopefully Ramos can provide a little stability. Fun fact: with Bailey on the DL, David Hernandez is the only member of the Phillies’ pitching staff over 30.