Drew Anderson was set to make his 2018 season debut for the IronPigs tonight, but instead, wound up being placed on the DL with a right forearm strain. Jake Thompson, who was optioned to Lehigh Valley Sunday to make room on the Phillies roster for Jake Arrieta, was activated and will make the spot start for Lehigh Valley.
Anderson made his MLB debut last season with the Phillies, making two relief appearances and giving up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings resulting in a 23.14 ERA. As a starter with Reading (21 starts) and Lehigh Valley (1 start) last season, the 24-year old was a combined 9-4 with a 3.46 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings of work.
The Phillies opted to be cautious with Anderson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 and missed all of the 2015 season while rehabbing the injury. There is no timetable for when the right-hander will return to the IronPigs rotation, but the Phillies are hopeful that it won’t be an extended stay on the DL.
After being a starter throughout his career, Thompson has been moved to the bullpen and made the Phillies roster out of spring training. With the Phillies, he pitched in two games and had a 7.20 ERA, allowing four earned runs in five innings of work. In his career, Thompson has made 18 starts and five relief appearances with the Phillies and is a combined 6-8 with a 4.97 ERA over parts of three seasons.