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Phillies place Vince Velasquez on 10-day injured list

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The Phillies have placed right-hander Vince Velasquez on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, lefty reliever Austin Davis has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The extent of Velasquez’s injury, as well as a clear timetable for his return to the rotation, has not been revealed. The 26-year-old righty struggled to go the distance in all but one of his seven appearances with the team so far this season, however, and pitched to a 1-2 record with a 3.86 ERA, 4.5 BB/9, and 9.5 SO/9 through 30 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

Without Velasquez on the mound for Sunday’s series finale against the Royals, it appears the Phillies will turn to rookie southpaw Cole Irvin. The 25-year-old was ranked ninth-highest in the club’s farm system by MLB.com and has proven a capable competitor in his second straight Triple-A stint, during which he went 2-0 in six starts with a 2.25 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 5.8 SO/9 across 36 innings. He’ll make his major-league debut against Kansas City righty Jakob Junis when the teams face off on Sunday at 2:15 PM EDT.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.