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Bullpen shuffle for Phillies, IronPigs

Jake Thompson (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)
Jake Thompson pitches for Lehigh Valley against the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on June 3, 2018. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

The Phillies made a couple of roster moves Saturday that affected their bullpen. Pitcher Luis Garcia was placed on the DL with a right wrist strain and Mark Leiter was optioned to Lehigh Valley. To fill the two holes, the Phillies recalled pitchers Yacksel Rios and Jake Thompson from the IronPigs.

Garcia has struggled lately, posting a 12.00 ERA in five relief appearances this month with the Phillies. Prior to that he was one of the more reliable relievers out of the pen and had strandes 16 of 17 inherited runners coming into the month. In his last five outings, three of the four runners he inherited have scored.

The 27-year old Leiter had been activated from the DL last month and pitched in four games with the Phillies posting a 4.50 ERA. He pitched on Friday night, throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up two earned runs in relief of Jake Arrieta in the Phillies loss to Milwaukee.

Rios opened the season on the Phillies roster prior to being optioned to Lehigh Valley May 19th. He pitched in 18 games with a 5.29 ERA in the majors and struck out 18 batters in 17 innings of work. Over the last month with Lehigh Valley, Rios, 24, has pitched in 10 games with a 4.50 ERA and has recorded one save for Lehigh Valley.

Thompson has been converted to a reliever after spending the bulk of his career as a starting pitcher. Like Rios, the 24-year old Thompson also started the season with the Phillies but was optioned out after three relief appearances that saw him pitch to a 7.27 ERA. With Lehigh Valley he has made three starts and 14 relief appearances and is 0-1 with one save and a 5.17 ERA.

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