Phil's Happ Continues To Struggle

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Phil's Happ Continues To Struggle
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After making two scoreless starts for the Philadelphia Phillies in April, 2010, J.A. Happ was sent to the DL with an elbow injury. After recovering, he was sent to a rehab assignment where he pitched in multiple levels. 

In his rehab assignment, he struggled in every level. in 1 start for class A Clearwater, he pitched 3 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs giving him an ERA of 6.00 with a record of 0-1. He also struck out 2. 

In double A Reading, he pitched in 3 games striking out 10 in twelve and a third innings, with an ERA of 8.03 and a record of 1-0.

He than gave triple A Lehigh a try. There he pitched in 2 games with 5 strikeouts and an ERA of 5.93. When his rehab assignment ended, he was sent down to triple A to get more time in.

On July 10, he made his first start since his rehab ended. He pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 earned runs, 6 hits and 4 walks while fanning 7. This past non-rehab start gives him a 0-0 record with a 5.74 ERA in three starts (2 from rehab) and 1 relief appearance (also from rehab).

This most recent start is not overly impressive. The good news is he was able to strike out 7 batters, but seems to be struggling with his location. Happ will likely make a few more starts in triple A, and hopefully regain his command. The Phillies could really use him in the rotation if he returns to his 2009 form.

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