Good report, but I am in a fog of confusion - Not Littell, but DeJong?The result is Austin is DFA'd.The team is left with a bullpen game and in the bullpen is Fernando Romero who might have given them a good start, but we are intent on taking a good starting pitcher, messing with him and forcing him to the pen.
I've heard a variety of things... I do know that Littell was told he was coming up. Good thing they were in Lehigh Valley, which is only about an hour from Philly.
One possibility... players optioned can't be called up for 10 days, unless there was an injury. Saturday was the 9th day of the season, so that could be it.(though Littell was optioned quite a bit before Opening Day).
I'm sure it was some technicality. I don't think that the front office wanted to DFA Austin this early.