The Phillies announced on Wednesday afternoon that Aaron Nola won’t be making his scheduled start against the Giants. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Phil Klein has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will make a spot start against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park in Nola’s place.
Nola, 23, has had a rough year. He’s carrying a not-so-nice 6-9 record with a 4.78 ERA and a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The right-hander experienced a velocity dip, most prominently against the Royals on July 2. He has averaged about 92 MPH for most of the season, but sat below 90 MPH against the Royals and has remained there since.
Manager Pete Mackanin suggested Nola could be shut down for the remainder of the season, per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. He adds that pitching prospect Jake Thompson, acquired from the Rangers in last year’s Cole Hamels trade, is a candidate to take Nola’s spot in the rotation.
The Phillies claimed Klein, 27, off waivers from the Rangers in June. With Lehigh Valley, Klein has put up a 2.13 ERA and a 25/6 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings.
The Phillies placed outfielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and activated outfielder Aaron Altherr from the 60-day disabled list, the club announced on Thursday.
Bourjos, 29, injured his shoulder robbing Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki of a hit on Tuesday. It was a pretty nifty grab. He hits the DL with an uninspiring .253/.290/.384 triple-slash line but he had been on a hot streak, compiling a .938 OPS between June 21 and July 21. It’s also bad timing for the Phillies, who probably would have traded Bourjos ahead of Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Altherr, 25, suffered a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist on a diving catch attempt in early March during spring training. He impressed in 161 plate appearances last season, batting .241/.338/.489 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored, and six stolen bases. Altherr is in Thursday’s starting lineup, batting fifth and playing right field.
Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr will miss four to six months as he will undergo surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The diagnosis is a torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum, per CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris. Altherr suffered the injury in the first inning of Friday’s Grapefruit League exhibition, attempting to make a diving catch.
This is a big blow for the Phillies as this was Altherr’s chance to prove his performance in 39 games last season wasn’t a fluke. The 25-year-old hit .241/.338/.489 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored, and six stolen bases over 161 plate appearances while also showcasing solid defense in the outfield corners. He was projected to be the Phillies’ Opening Day right fielder.
Rule-5 pick Tyler Goeddel, Peter Bourjos, and Cody Asche now have opportunities for a full-time outfield job and will have the remainder of spring training to prove themselves.