John Lannan injured his quadriceps in his left knee Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds blasted Lannan as he gave up 6 earned runs and 8 hits in just 1 1/3 innings.
The Phillies placed Lannan on the 15 day disabled list today. Although manager Charlie Manuel believes that the left will be out longer as he announced that he expects Lannan to be out for 6-8 weeks. Maybe less.
The injury started up when he “tweaked” his left knee when bunting during his last start in Miami. This is an injury that has been reoccurring for the lefty in past years.
Lannan pitched well in his first 2 starts sporting a 2.77 ERA. But after his horrid start on Thursday he now has a season ERA of 6.14.
Losing Lannan for this period of time will really hurt the Phillies as they have few options in their farm system. Tyler Cloyd would be their first choice after he made 6 starts for the Phillies last season, but this year in triple-A he has struggled going
(0-2, 7.07.) The other option would be to call up lefty Adam Morgan but unfortunately he threw 100 pitches on Thursday.
The Phillies are in a sticky situation in this early part of the season. Maybe they consider signing Roy Oswalt, who very recently made public that he would love to play in Philadelphia again.