Phillies rookie starter Aaron Nola was yet again sharp on Saturday night against the Nationals, scattering six singles over five shutout innings in a no-decision. He walked none and struck out five, hurling 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes.
That’s how his 2015 season will come to a close.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have shut Nolan down for the remainder of the season — one whole week — as a way to protect his overall workload. Nola had thrown 109 1/3 innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his July callup. He then threw 77 2/3 innings for the Phillies, to the tune of a 3.59 ERA, 1.197 WHIP, and 68/19 K/BB ratio.
The 22-year-old right-hander will be in the Phillies’ Opening Day rotation in 2016.
After Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin talked with upper management, there is a better chance the team won’t shut down rookie starter Aaron Nola, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Nola is scheduled to start Sunday against the Braves. There had been some thought that it would be his final start of the 2015 season as he’s thrown 65 2/3 innings in the majors and 109 1/3 in the minors. The total 175 innings is a huge workload increase and he’s only in his second year of professional baseball.
Nola, 22, has mostly pitched well in his first 11 starts, compiling a 4.11 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and a 59/16 K/BB ratio. He was the Phillies’ first round pick, taken seventh overall, in the 2014 draft.
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.