The Phillies placed right-hander David Herndon on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of inflammation in his right elbow. So Sanches, who had a 3.21 ERA in eight appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, boarded a flight from Allentown, Pa., to Atlanta.
Yes, there are direct flights from Allentown to Atlanta.
Sanches is happy to be back in the big leagues. The Phillies assigned him to Triple-A during Spring Training. He has pitched well after a slow start.
"It was actually tough to get started mentally," he said. "Not because I didn't want to. It's kind of hard to explain. I guess you get so used to being up here. But once I was able to mentally get back into and adjust a few things mechanically everything started going really well. The last three or four outings I was throwing the ball a lot better."
Sanches made 30 appearances for the Phillies from 2006-07 before continuing his career in Washington and Florida.
"It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I put one on," he said of his Phillies uniform. "Time flies."