Phils keep Buchanan in rotation on next turn

Phils keep Buchanan in rotation on next turn

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies hope to salvage David Buchanan's season by keeping him in the rotation for at least another start.

Buchanan will start Tuesday night against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. His spot seemed to be in doubt following a start against the Braves on Wednesday, in which he allowed 10 hits, four runs and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings. Buchanan has a 22.00 ERA in his last three starts, and is 2-9 with a 9.11 ERA in 11 starts this season.

The Phillies' front office instructed Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin to keep Buchanan in the rotation.

It makes sense. While Buchanan has struggled, he will be back with the organization next season, and the Phillies are desperate for pitching depth. Buchanan posted a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts last season, so the Phillies hope to recapture some of those results. Right-hander Jerome Williams (4-10, 5.90 ERA) would been have the logical choice to replace Buchanan in this season's rotation, but Williams can become a free agent after the season and is not expected to return.

"We're going to make all efforts to salvage something out of his year," Mackanin said about Buchanan.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.