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Blue Jays claim David Herndon off waivers from Phillies

Oct 23, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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Losing their manager to the Red Sox hasn’t kept the Blue Jays from being incredibly active on the waiver wire. Yesterday they claimed catcher Bobby Wilson from the Angels and today they claimed right-hander David Herndon from the Phillies.

Herndon had some success in Philadelphia in 2010 and 2011, logging 109 total innings with a 3.79 ERA, but underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in June and won’t be ready for game action for at least another seven or eight months.

Herndon is 27 years old and didn’t have a ton of upside even before the surgery, but if healthy he could be a solid middle reliever.

  1. mdpickles - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Very accurate assessment. Solid reliever with sinking action on his fastball. (I’m guessing it would be considered a sinker ;)

    Anyway, no big loss for the Phils, they are stocked with young bullpen arms, however, they need 2 veteran, reliable arms for the bullpen this coming year until the youngins learn how to pitch in the bigs.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    What I find amusing is that in order to find space for Herndon on the 40 man Roster, they designated Tyson Brummett for assignment… who was also claimed from the Phillies last week.

  3. liamj55 - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Good Rid-dens,

    Signed,

    Every Phillies fan

  4. paul621 - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Except me. I kind of liked him–solid looks pretty good in a bullpen full of suck. (And I’d never sign anything that said “Rid-dens.”)

    • greymares - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      every kid the Phillies pitched out of the pen this year have lightyears more talent than Herndon and now they have some experience. the Phils need an 8th inning guy(Madsen) and the pen is fine.

    • liamj55 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      You must be the guy who thinks Jamie Moyer is still serviceable and hates to boo….

  5. pjcostello - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Herndon always looked eminently hittable. Though his pitches had some movement on them, they seemed to end up either WAY out of the strike zone, or right down the middle.

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