Phillies call up Andrew Bailey, designate James Russell for assignment

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The Phillies announced that reliever Andrew Bailey has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and lefty James Russell has been designated for assignment.

Russell, 30, allowed nine runs on nine hits and five walks with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings to begin the season. He was part of Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Mets, yielding a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson.

Bailey, 31, didn’t make the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, but has pitched well in the minors to begin the season. He has allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts in five innings.

The Phillies’ bullpen has been an issue thus far, as their aggregate 6.14 ERA is the worst in baseball, a shade ahead of the Rockies’ dismal 6.00 bullpen ERA.