The Phillies placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list and activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez, the team announced on Monday.
Altherr, 26, strained his right hamstring running out a double during Friday’s loss to the Brewers. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year, batting .288/.359/.539 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 301 plate appearances. Daniel Nava, Cameron Perkins, and Ty Kelly all figure to get increased playing time while Altherr is out.
Hernanez, 27, missed a little over five weeks with a strained left oblique. He resumes his season batting .277/.336/.399 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 259 PA. Hernandez has been brought up in trade rumors every now and then, so there is a chance he won’t be wearing a Phillies uniform when August begins.
The Phillies announced on Monday that starter Aaron Nola has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a lower back strain.
Nola, 23, compiled a 4.50 ERA with a 15/6 K/BB ratio over his first three starts spanning 16 innings. He felt some back soreness during his last start on Thursday against the Mets, and it lingered when he had a side session on Sunday.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury hears that the Phillies are likely to call up Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Nola’s place in the rotation. Nola was scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Pivetta, 24, was acquired from the Nationals in the Jonathan Papelbon trade in July 2015. At Triple-A so far, Pivetta has given up only two earned runs on 12 hits and two walks with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.
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.