Rehabbing Happ ready to rejoin rotation

Rehabbing Happ ready to rejoin rotation

PHILADELPHIA -- J.A. Happ said he is ready to rejoin Philadelphia's rotation, but the Phillies aren't sure.

Happ, who has not pitched with the Phillies since April because of a strained left forearm, made his sixth rehab start on Sunday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is 1-1 with a 6.93 ERA in those starts. He said he is healthy and feels good. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said on Monday, the next step "would be getting him to 100 percent. Do I think he's there? From the sound of what they're telling me, it sounds like he still might need some work."

Happ must complete his rehab assignment by Wednesday. If the Phillies decide he is not ready to rejoin the rotation they could apply for an extension for his rehab. They also could activate him from the 15-day disabled list and option him to Lehigh Valley until he is ready.

"I'm ready to go," Happ said. "I've felt good the last couple starts. The results aren't spectacular, but they rarely are in these circumstances. I feel good to go. I'm ready. I don't really have much else to say about it."

Happ likely would replace right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the rotation. Kendrick is 5-3 with a 4.76 ERA. He has been inconsistent, but with just seven games before the All-Star break, the Phillies could have Happ pitch in the Minors and bring him back after the break.