Phillies call up Tyler Cloyd to fill rotation void

Drew Hallowell

Cloyd will have big shoes to fill as he replaces the injured Roy Halladay in the Philadelphia rotation.

The Philadelphia Phillies called up pitcher Tyler Cloyd after Thursday's game to fill the hole in the rotation left by Roy Halladay's injury. Cloyd will start tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Halladay will miss most of the season after having surgery on his right shoulder, reports MLB.com. While Cloyd will get the start tonight, it is unclear whether he will remain in the rotation or if the Phillies will seek someone else to take the fifth spot in the rotation. Where the Phillie go from here may depend on how well Cloyd pitches. The Phillies have been rumored to be seeking "long-term" pitching options.

Cloyd, 26 in a week, made six starts for Philadelphia at the end of 2012. He pitched fairly well through the first five of those starts, racking up a 3.86 ERA before his final outing ruined his stat line as he allowed six runs in five innings to the Nationals.

The big right hander has been in the Phillies' organization since being drafted by the team in 2008. Never a heralded prospect, Cloyd nonetheless has put up excellent numbers the last two seasons. He spent time at three levels of the minors between 2011 and 2012, compiling a 2.61 ERA in 57 games, 48 of which were starts.

Cloyd has had some struggles early on this season in Triple-A with two six-run games already under his belt. His latest outing was fantastic--he threw eight innings while allowing just four hits and one run via a solo homer.

The Phillies optioned Joe Savery back to the minors to make room for Cloyd on the roster.

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