Forearm tightness nixes Cloyd's final start

Forearm tightness nixes Cloyd's final start

MIAMI -- Tyler Cloyd threw 200 innings this season during stops in Double-A Reading, Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Phillies.

The extra innings took their toll.

Cloyd, who threw a career-high 165 1/3 innings between Class A Lakewood and Clearwater in 2009, said he has felt tightness in his right forearm since his Sept. 20 start against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Because the condition has not improved, Cloyd's season is finished and he will not make his next start Tuesday against Washington at Nationals Park.

Because the Phillies need an extra arm, they announced Sunday they had selected the contract of right-hander Tyson Brummett. They placed catcher Brian Schneider on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Brummett on the 40-man roster. The Phillies have not announced who will start Tuesday, but it is unlikely to be Brummett.

"We need more pitching, so we're covering," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We just wanted to give [manager] Charlie [Manuel] and Dubes [pitching coach Rich Dubee] a little more cushion. Without Cloyd starting a game, it taxes our bullpen quite a bit."

Brummett, who has been throwing bullpen sessions in Utah in preparation for winter ball, went 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 44 appearances (eight starts) this season with Reading and Lehigh Valley.

"Not being able to finish the season stinks," Cloyd said.

Cloyd went a combined 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 starts in the Minor Leagues before earning his promotion to the big leagues. He went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA in six starts with the Phillies.

Cloyd will be in Spring Training with the Phillies come February, although it is unclear what the future holds. He replaced Vance Worley in the rotation in August, but Worley is expected to be back. The other four spots in the rotation are ticketed to Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and very likely Kyle Kendrick.