Phillies to call up lefty Happ to face Mets

July 3, 2008 7:05:26 PM PDT
The Phillies will call up left-hander J.A. Happ to pitch against Johan Santana and the New York Mets, manager Charlie Manuel said Thursday. Happ will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the start on Friday in Philadelphia.

The Phillies announced after Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Braves that LHP R.J. Swindle had been optioned to Lehigh Valley.

Happ, 25, will be making his second major league start, both against the Mets. He gave up seven hits, including three homers, and five runs in four innings of an 8-3 loss to the Mets in Philadelphia on June 30, 2007.

"I think he knows what it's like now," Manuel said.

Happ is 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 starts for Lehigh Valley.

"He's been pretty consistent," Manuel said. "He's been throwing better and we decided to give him a chance."

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Happ shouldn't focus on the matchup with Santana.

"He's not pitching to Santana," Dubee said. "Santana's only going to hit, hopefully, just once, depending on how well he pitches. He just needs to pitch against that lineup."

The Phillies needed a starter after struggling Brett Myers agreed to be optioned to Lehigh Valley this week.

Myers gave up five hits and three runs in five innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night in his first minor league assignment. He walked two and struck out six.

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