Drew Anderson got to make his last start in front of Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and while it wasn’t his best of the season, it apparently was good enough to convince the first-year boss that he was deserving of a return to the majors. Anderson will start Sunday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Anderson made his major league debut with the Phillies last August 1st against the Angels, throwing one inning in relief, allowing two runs, just one earned. He made a second relief appearance against the Cubs in late August and was hit for five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Sunday’s start will be his first start as a major leaguer.
This season with Lehigh Valley, Anderson is 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts for triple-a Lehigh Valley. Anderson opened the season on the DL with a right forearm strain and made his debut in mid-May for the IronPigs.
The Phillies needed an additional starter when Vince Velasquez went on the DL with a right forearm contusion he suffered when he was hit by a line drive against Washington. To make room for Anderson, reliever Yacksel Rios was optioned to Lehigh Valley. The Phillies can temporarily add an additional player to the roster on Monday for their double-header in New York. Zach Eflin and Aaron Nola will pitch in the double-header on Monday.