CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies don't have a timetable for the return of Double-A pitcher Jesse Biddle from the temporary inactive list. He was placed on the inactive list last week to give the 22-year-old a mental break.
Amaro told Salisbury that, while he thought Biddle would pitch again this season, it wasn't a guarantee. Amaro said, "If I had to guess, I’d say yes, he’ll pitch again this season. But that’s really our least concern right now. I’m not as concerned with him pitching this season as trying to help him."
Biddle is currently down in Clearwater working out and throwing bullpens but hasn't pitched in any games. Former Phillies ace Roy Halladay will meet with Biddle in Clearwater to talk to the young lefty. The former-Phillie should be able to provide valuable advice for overcoming deficiencies. Halladay struggled early in his career and many believed the 1996 first round pick might turn out to be a bust. Halladay turned it around so hopefully he can help Biddle turn it around too.
Biddle, 22, is 3-9 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in 15 starts for Double-A Reading this season. He has already allowed more home runs this season (11) than he did in any other season of his professional career. In addition to the increase in home runs, Biddle has also seen a decrease in strikeouts as his strikeout-per-nine is down to 8.7, the lowest it has been since his first full season at Single-A Lakewood in 2011 when it was at 8.4.
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