It’s time for roster musical chairs! Are you ready for a barrage of injury-related roster moves involving guys you couldn’t care less about? I hope so, because that’s what we’ve got for you.
First, though, the most important news: Aaron Nola is starting a rehab assignment. I’ll wait a moment so you can get all your happy cheering out.
I hope that was long enough. Nola is starting for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday, and will hopefully join the Phillies very soon. The last time he pitched was April 20, and four days later the Phillies put him on the disabled list with a back strain. He went in for an MRI a few weeks later, but it came back clean. Hopefully he’s all better and can get back to being awesome, because holy crap do we ever miss him.
Now for the rest of the moves. Jeanmar Gomez has an injury, and it’s not just “shitty pitching-itis,” which is not a real thing but something I made up. (I know it’s hard to tell.) He’s got an elbow impingement, and he’s been placed on the DL retroactive to May 6.
As the Phillies did the last time one of their pitchers got hurt (Aaron Nola), they’re calling up infielder Ty Kelly. He probably shouldn’t make himself too comfortable, since the Phillies will need bullpen depth soon. And unless he secretly knows how to pitch, he might be on a train back to Lehigh Valley in the very near future.
And speaking of pitching depth, the Phillies acquired Casey Fien from the Mariners today in exchange for cash. I like to imagine that they put a bunch of cash in a sack and tie it to a drone and have it delivered that way. I’m sad that they probably don’t do that, they just do a bank transfer or something. BORING. Fien is a right handed pitcher who appeared in six games for the Mariners this season, and has racked up a 15.00 ERA in six innings. Ten hits on nine runs, all earned, with six strikeouts. So yes, he’s definitely depth, and he’ll be spending his time with the IronPigs for now.
Whew. I think that’s everything. Best of luck to Aaron Nola on his rehab start, and thank you for playing another edition of roster musical chairs!