Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

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Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break.

Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, allowing opponents to hit .338 off him, and now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Recovery timetables can be difficult to project with oblique injuries, because they tend to linger and setbacks are always looming, but Correia figures to miss at least a few weeks. And if he can’t return in September at some point Correia will finish his “All-Star season” with a 12-11 record and 4.79 ERA.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.