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Stephen Vogt underwent surgery on his right elbow

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MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. He has an expected recovery timetable of four to six weeks. The club expects he will be ready by Opening Day on April 4.

Vogt, 31, hit .261/.341/.443 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI in 511 plate appearances for the Athletics last season, his third with the club after joining the club following a trade from the Rays in April 2013. His performance behind the dish and at the plate resulted in his first All-Star nomination this past season.

Vogt will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2016 season and can become a free agent after the 2019 season.

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.