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Phillies now leaning against shutting Aaron Nola down

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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 call up pitching prospect Aaron Nola for MLB debut

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 27:  Pitcher Aaron Nola #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during a spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 27, 2015 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Ronald C. Modra /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aaron Nola
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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).

Phillies place Aaron Harang on disabled list with foot injury

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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.

Phillies scratch Aaron Harang from start with back injury

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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.

Phillies sign Aaron Harang for $5 million

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Looking for a veteran starter to soak up some innings in a rebuilding season the Phillies have signed right-hander Aaron Harang, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

Harang had an ugly 2013 season, but bounced back nicely at age 36 to throw 204 innings with a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio for the Braves. He also had a sub-4.00 ERA in 2011 and 2012, so Harang is a decent pickup for a team more or less just looking for 175-200 not-horrible innings at a low price tag.

Salisbury reports that the one-year deal is worth $5 million.