Sixers pitcher sidelined

Inland Empire right-hander Orangel Arenas is sidelined for now with some stiffness in his pitching arm. Sixers manager Bill Haselman says he doesn’t think it’s a major issue and doesn’t expect his pitcher to miss more than two starts.

Arenas, 24, is 6-3 with an ERA of 4.20. He has been lights out at home with a 4-0 record and miniscule 0.67 ERA. His road stats are a bit inflated because he’s had two starts at High Desert and one at Lancaster. On the road he’s 2-3 with a 7.53 ERA.

Haselman has to hope this stint on the disabled list doesn’t turn into something more major. He already is without arguably his top pitcher in All-Star Kramer Sneed who is out with tendonitis and is currently in Arizona trying to work through that setback.

Replacing Arenas on the roster will be Alex Keudell who comes up from Low-A Burlington of the Midwest League where he was 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA, He will start tonight’s 7:05 game against Lancaster at San Manuel Stadium.