The Phillies announced on Wednesday afternoon that Aaron Nola won’t be making his scheduled start against the Giants. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Phil Klein has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will make a spot start against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park in Nola’s place.
Nola, 23, has had a rough year. He’s carrying a not-so-nice 6-9 record with a 4.78 ERA and a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The right-hander experienced a velocity dip, most prominently against the Royals on July 2. He has averaged about 92 MPH for most of the season, but sat below 90 MPH against the Royals and has remained there since.
Manager Pete Mackanin suggested Nola could be shut down for the remainder of the season, per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. He adds that pitching prospect Jake Thompson, acquired from the Rangers in last year’s Cole Hamels trade, is a candidate to take Nola’s spot in the rotation.
The Phillies claimed Klein, 27, off waivers from the Rangers in June. With Lehigh Valley, Klein has put up a 2.13 ERA and a 25/6 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings.