Phils recall De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Phils recall De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Justin De Fratus rejoined the Phillies on Sunday, when the club placed Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

De Fratus had a 7.20 ERA in four appearances before being optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on April 13. He posted a 4.50 ERA in 15 appearances with the IronPigs.

Why recall De Fratus?

"We wanted to go to 13 pitchers anyway," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies had been short a man in the bullpen since they placed right-hander Luis Garcia on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained forearm.

"We could have gone with some other guys," Amaro said. "He's got the experience, right now."

Right-hander Ken Giles remains on the minds of Phillies fans. He is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in six appearances since a promotion from Double-A Reading. He has allowed three hits, one run, five walks and has struck out five in eight innings.

"Giles is doing well," Amaro said. "He's still a guy that we'll continue to monitor. When he's ready, we'll bring him."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Zo Zone. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.