Nola to Rehab with Lehigh Valley; Gomez to DL

Right-hander Aaron Nola, who has been on the DL since April 24th with a lower back strain. Nola was close to returning, but felt soreness in the back last week, prompting the Phillies to get an MRI performed last Friday in Philadelphia. The MRI showed no structural damage and Nola was cleared to throw a bullpen session over the weekend, and that session went well enough to schedule the start of his rehab assignment with Lehigh Valley. 

Nola’s spot in the rotation was taken by Nick Pivetta, who hadn’t pitched in the majors prior to his first start with the Phillies on April 30th against the Dodgers. In his two starts, Pivetta has an 0-2 record with a 5.40 ERA for the Phillies.

Nola, who missed the last two months of last season with a right elbow strain, had made three starts prior to going on the DL. In his three starts, Nola was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA.

Meanwhile, Jeanmar Gomez, who lost his role as the club’s closer early in the season, went on the DL Wednesday with a right elbow impingement. His stay on the DL was back-dated to May 6th. Gomez has a 7.94 ERA in 11 appearances this season, but had his best outing in a two-inning stint against the Cubs.

To take Gomez’ spot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies recalled utility player Ty Kelly, who had been optioned to Lehigh Valley over the weekend to make room for Jake Thompson. Kelly played in his first game with Lehigh Valley last night and hit a home run in his second at-bat. Normally, players who are optioned out have to play in the minors for 10 days, unless they are replacing an injured player, which was the case in this instance.

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