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Phillies select Tyler Phillips – MLB transfer rumors

The Phillies announced that they have selected the right-hander’s contract Tyler Phillips. With-Right Yunior Marté became optional in a corresponding step. To free up a place in the 40-man squad, Luis Ortiz was placed on the 60-day injured list.

Phillips, 26, was likely selected to give the club some length out of the bullpen. He has made 15 starts in Triple-A this year, throwing 92 innings and allowing 4.89 earned runs per nine. His 19.8% strikeout rate is below average, but his 9.4% walk rate is fine and he has hit grounders at a strong 50.9% rate.

The Philly rotation has suffered some setbacks recently, Taijuan Walker And Spencer Turnbull Landing on the IL in fairly quick succession. They still have a strong front four consisting of Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez And Christoph Sanchezbut fifth place is a bit shakier. Michael Mercado is currently in this position, but has only gained six innings of Major League experience so far.

Nola and Suárez will play with Mercado for the next two days on Sunday. If someone is needed to eat innings, it might be Phillips, as he is projected for a starting position in the minors.

If that happens, Phillips will make his major league debut, although he has been on a 40-man roster before. He was originally drafted by the Rangers, and that club added him to its 40-man roster in November 2019 to keep him out of the Rule 5 draft. That year in the minors, he had thrown 131 innings with a 3.71 ERA, catching plenty of ground balls.

The Minors were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and then Phillips struggled in 2021 and went to the Phillies on a waiver claim. The Phils released him through waivers shortly afterward, and the right-hander had to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss all of 2022. Last year, he had a 4.92 ERA in 122 2/3 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A.

Ortiz was on the injured list earlier this year with a sprained left ankle. He began a rehab program, but it was cut short, and manager Rob Thomson said last week that the right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery on July 11, according to Phillies Nation’s Tim Kelly on X. He will miss the rest of the season and a large portion of 2025 as well.