Player News - Phillies

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Nick Pivetta will make his major league debut Saturday against the Dodgers.

That debut was supposed to happen Wednesday, but Vince Velasquez is hopping back a day after Tuesday night's weather postponement. Pivetta has put up really good numbers this year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he might not be up for long and he's getting the Dodgers on the road in his first start. Mixed leaguers can pass.
Apr 25 - 7:10 PM

Tuesday night's game between the Marlins and Phillies has been postponed due to rain.

It's the third postponement of the night in the Northeast. Vince Velasquez was scheduled to start at home for the Phillies against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins. Velasquez will start on Wednesday against Miami with Nick Pivetta's major league debut getting pushed to the weekend.
Apr 25 - 6:43 PM

Phillies recalled INF/OF Ty Kelly from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kelly will take the 25-man roster spot left vacant by starting pitcher Aaron Nola, who landed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower back strain. Kelly, 28, is a .237/.347/.339 career hitter at the major league level. He was acquired from the Blue Jays last week for cash considerations.
Apr 25 - 5:31 PM

Nick Pivetta is expected to replace the injured Aaron Nola (back) in the Phillies' rotation.

Pivetta is currently lined up to start Wednesday against the Marlins, though he will be pushed back to this weekend against the Dodgers if Tuesday's game is rained out. The 24-year-old has posted a dominant 0.95 ERA and 24/2 K/BB ratio in 19 innings across his first three starts in Triple-A this year. Nola is only expected to miss one or two starts, but Pivetta is worth considering in NL-only fantasy formats.
Apr 25 - 3:22 PM

Aaron Nola (back) is only expected to miss 1-2 starts.

Nola felt some soreness in his lower back during his most recent start Thursday against the Mets and it lingered during a side session Sunday, so the Phillies don't want to take any chances. He could return as soon as next Monday. Ty Kelly is expected to take his place on the active roster, but Nick Pivetta will likely take his spot in the rotation on Wednesday.
Apr 24 - 1:36 PM

Phillies placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a lower back strain.

It's unclear how long Nola will be sidelined. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Nick Pivetta is likely to fill in Wednesday against the Marlins. Nola has posted a 4.50 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio in 16 innings through his first three starts this season.
Apr 24 - 1:05 PM

Zach Eflin fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Phillies' 5-2 defeat of the Braves.

Eflin put up zero after zero until the top of the seventh, when Matt Kemp connected for a solo home run. Eflin gave up just three hits in all and didn't issue a single walk while striking out three. The 23-year-old right-hander has been impressive through two starts and will try to keep it all working next time out at Dodger Stadium.
Apr 23 - 4:31 PM

Cesar Hernandez slugged his fourth home run of the season Sunday in the Phillies' win over the Braves.

It was a go-ahead two-run shot in the Phillies' four-run eighth inning. Odubel Herrera also homered in the frame. Hernandez finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and is now slashing .338/.376/.563 through 80 at-bats this season.
Apr 23 - 4:29 PM

Hector Neris allowed a run in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Braves.

Neris gave up two walks and two hits in an ugly ninth inning, but the Phillies were able to hang on for a 5-2 victory. Neris also struggled in an appearance Friday against Atlanta but earned his second save of the season. He'll continue to split save opportunities with Joaquin Benoit.
Apr 23 - 4:21 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Daniel Nava will play left field while Aaron Altherr slides over to right. The Phillies also have Brock Stassi at first base over Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp at catcher over Cameron Rupp.

Phillies GM Matt Klentak expects to be without Howie Kendrick (oblique) for 2-3 weeks.

Kendrick was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 oblique strain earlier this week. Aaron Altherr will continue to hold down the fort in left field, though the Phillies added some depth Saturday by acquiring utility man Ty Kelly in a trade with Toronto.
Apr 22 - 11:51 PM

Phillies acquired INF/OF Ty Kelly from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

Kelly was designated for assignment by the Jays on Friday. Given the injury to Howie Kendrick, Kelly's versatility could be appealing to the Phillies in the short-term and it wouldn't be surprising to see him work his way into a bench role.
Apr 22 - 2:51 PM

Phillies transferred RHP Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.

Nothing has changed in the recovery for the right-hander, this was done as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Buchholz is expected to miss 4-6 months due to a torn flexor tendon in his right arm.
Apr 22 - 2:49 PM

Howie Kendrick is expected to miss more time than originally anticipated as it was revealed he's actually dealing with an oblique issue and not an abdominal strain at initially thought.

The Phillies had been hopeful he would return when first eligible on April 26 but now there's no clear timetable for his return. Aaron Altherr has seen extra playing time in his absence and is locked in at the plate, so he could be worth a look in the interim.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 22 - 8:44 AM

Phillies' manager Pete Mackanin reiterated after Friday's game that Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris will continue to share the closer's role.

Benoit worked a perfect eighth inning on Friday while Neris allowed a run but converted his second straight save in the ninth. While it's nice that Mackanin trusts both hurlers in the ninth innings, fantasy owners would welcome more clarity to this situation in the coming weeks.
Apr 22 - 8:34 AM


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