The Phillies made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday. First, the club announced the acquisition of pitcher Casey Fien from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Fien will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies also placed reliever Jeanmar Gomez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 6, with a right elbow impingement and recalled utilityman Ty Kelly from Triple-A.
Fien, 33, struggled in six innings of relief with the Mariners ,giving up 10 earned runs on nine hits (three of which were home runs) and four walks with six strikeouts. He’ll provide bullpen depth for the Phillies.
Gomez, 29, hasn’t had a great 2017 himself, owning a 7.94 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Kelly has appeared in three games for the Phillies thus far and taken two hitless at-bats. He was famously involved in the rare 6-9-3 double play the club turned against the Cubs last week.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.