Tommy Hunter, David Robertson, Edubray Ramos, Victor Arano and Pat Neshek were all sitting on the Phillies list of injured relievers Wednesday when they made room for another; Adam Morgan. Morgan was placed on the IL with a sore left shoulder on Wednesday and Yacksel Rios was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take his spot in the bullpen.
Morgan, who experienced a resurgence with the team last season, has become one of the more valuable pieces as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. On the season, Morgan is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work this season. Opponents are batting just .131 against him and he has an impressive 0.71 WHIP.
Apparently, Morgan had been battling through some discomfort for a while, but it continued to worsen and on Tuesday night while warming up on the bullpen, he felt like he was altering his mechanics to lessen the pain. Morgan underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but the results weren’t immediately known.
Morgan told NBC Sports Philadelphia that he’s optimistic the injury isn’t anything too severe and that in all of the tests that they’ve done, he has not lost any strength in his left arm.
“It’s very disappointing. Losing D-Rob and Neshek and Arano and Ramos and those guys – it hurts me because I felt the pressure when those guys went down and I don’t want to put that on my guys,” Morgan told Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “That’s probably the toughest part.”