Former Cubs pitcher Randy Wells retires

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Randy Wells, who pitched for the Cubs from 2008-2012 and unsuccessfully competed for a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring, has retired at age 30 according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Wells had been pitching at Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA in five starts. He pitched a total of 529 innings in the majors with a 4.08 ERA and 345/189 K/BB ratio, including an impressive 2009 rookie season in which he won a dozen games with a 3.05 ERA.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.