Phillies' Velasquez moved to 60-day disabled list; future in question

Vincent Velasquez placed on 60-day DL by Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies placed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez on the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, essentially shutting him down for the season. He'll have surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger.

Velasquez lasted just one inning in his last start on August 10 while surrendering three runs.

Through 15 starts this season Velasquez demonstrated issues with location and pitch selection, pitching to a 5.13 ERA.

The Phillies persevered through Velasquez's ineffectiveness by keeping him in the rotation, but it'll be interesting to see what happens regarding his future. He has the stuff to be dominant in short spurts and a move to the bullpen, particularly the back end, could make a lot of sense.

In a corresponding move, the Phillies called up RHP Yacksel Rios from Triple A to take Velasquez's spot on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old has a combined 1.92 ERA in 37 games while splitting time between Reading and Lehigh Valley.


Nick Pivetta was officially recalled from the minors to start Game 2 of today's doubleheader, while Zach Eflin (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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