The Philadelphia Phillies have an emergency on their hands.
The Phillies placed left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado, 28, on the 15-day disabled list (IL) on Tuesday. He was placed on the DL in May with left elbow inflammation. The IL stint is retroactive to the 8th. “While the All-Star break is included, Alvarado will miss at least the first two series after the break,” said CBS Sports, adding, “This is his second IL stint of the season due to elbow inflammation, so there is some concern about his progression. All pitcher injuries are concerning, but elbow and shoulder injuries are the biggest concerns.바카라사이트
Alvarado has been one of the strongest bullpens in the big leagues this season. He appeared in 26 games before the injury, posting a 1.38 ERA with six holds and six saves. His pitch repertoire is somewhat monotonous with a fastball and slider, but he overwhelms hitters with his changeup. He struck out 39 batters in 26 innings for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 13.5 per nine innings (3.1 walks per nine innings). Alvarado’s fastball averaged 99.1 mph (159.5 km/h) on the season, according to MLB stats site FanGraphs.com, and topped out at well over 100 mph. However, he was hampered by sensitive elbow pain.According to MLB.com, the official MLB website, Alvarado is not scheduled to undergo any further MRIs or injections. Phillies manager Rob Thompson cautioned against further speculation, saying, “There’s just some inflammation in the elbow.” Alvarado could be activated by the IL as soon as the 23rd. In his seven-year big league career, the Venezuelan has a 13-18 record, nine shutouts, 28 saves and a 3.36 ERA.
Initially, the Phillies called up right-handed pitcher Andrew Bellatti, 32, from Triple-A to fill Alvarado’s spot. Bellatti’s Triple-A record for the season was 15 games, one win and three saves with a 1.20 ERA. In 15 big league appearances, he had a 5.68 ERA. He was demoted to the minors at the end of May, but was given another chance just over two months later.