Phillies prospect and No. 7 pick in last year’s draft Aaron Nola is headed to the big leagues and will make his MLB debut Tuesday against the Rays in Philadelphia.
Nola was billed as being close to MLB-ready coming out of LSU and has pitched well in the minors, but it’s interesting timing considering he had a clunker of a start last time out at Triple-A. He failed to make it out of the fourth inning, allowing six runs.
Prior to that ugly outing Nola had a 2.03 ERA and 89/16 K/BB ratio in 106 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this year. Nola projects as a potential mid-rotation starter with excellent command. He’s the fourth 2014 first-round pick to reach the majors after Brandon Finnegan (17th pick, Royals), Carlos Rodon (3rd pick, White Sox), and Kyle Schwarber (4th pick, Cubs).
Philadelphia signed Aaron Harang to eat innings this season and his arm has remained healthy enough to make a league-high 17 starts, but a foot injury has sent the 37-year-old right-hander to the disabled list.
Harang has been shut down with plantar fasciitis, which is a potentially ugly injury that tends to linger. He’s done his job for the Phillies, taking the mound every fifth day and posting a decent 4.08 ERA while soaking up losses on a bad team, although his performance slipped recently.
Harang signed a one-year, $5 million deal, so the injury puts a dent into whatever slim chance the Phillies had of trading him for a semi-competent prospect before July 31.
Chad Billingsley, who had been on the disabled list, replaces Harang in the rotation.
Philadelphia signed Aaron Harang for $5 million to eat some innings in a rebuilding season, but now the veteran right-hander is having back problems.
Harang was scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start with lower back discomfort, which has now caused him to miss two outings already.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told Jim Hawkins of CSNPhilly.com that “it’s just a little muscular thing” and “I’m not too worried.”
Still, back problems for a 37-year-old are always worrisome.