Earlier today, the Phillies announced that left-handed pitcher Brad Hand has been placed on the 15-Day Injured List. Hand, who has been a crucial part of the bullpen all summer long, is heading to the IL with what is being called elbow tendinitis. To replace the veteran on the expanded 28-man roster, another veteran, Chris Devenski has been selected from AAA Lehigh Valley. Devenski, still just 31 years of age, played a key role for the Astros during their 2017 Championship season pitching in relief.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson is hoping Devenski can make an impact down the stretch for the Phitins as well. Although I am beyond disappointed Hand will miss a sizeable amount of time, I am confident his absence may create an opportunity for Devenski to revitalize his career. He -Devenski- struggled mightily in his most recent MLB stint with Arizona earlier this year, but I am optimistic his luck can change in Philadelphia. He has pitched in big games before, and I feel a change of scenery could do him well.
To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Johan Camargo has been DFA’d by the organization. Camargo, who started the year with the Phillies, has struggled offensively with the IronPigs since his demotion to the minor leagues. With that being said, his strong glove work paired with his defensive versatility may very well make him a target on the waiver wire, should another club be interested in his services.
In other injury news, it appears Nick Castellanos may be back on the field sooner rather than later. The slugger, who has been sidelined in recent weeks with an oblique injury, is eyeing up the Cubs series as a potential return to the lineup. The Phillies will begin their final road trip of the regular season in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.