Against all odds, the Philadelphia Phillies have inserted themselves well into the playoff picture.
With 80-1 odds in mid-April to win the World Series, Philadelphia sat with just the 19th best odds to win the championship. But as we enter July, the Phillies are just 3.5 games behind the top team in the National League. However, they will have to continue their playoff push without one of their starting pitchers.
After this line drive taken to the arm, Vince Velasquez was placed on the 10-day DL by the Phillies with a right arm contusion.
Roster moves:— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 1, 2018
• RHP Pat Neshek has been reinstated from the 10-day DL.
• RHP Jake Thompson has been recalled from Lehigh Valley.
• RHP Vince Velasquez has been placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm contusion.
• LHP Zac Curtis has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. pic.twitter.com/yBMutpWSPj
Velasquez has been the fourth arm in Philadelphia's rotation all season, playing sub-par with a 5-8 record and a 4.69 ERA. However, his 107 strikeouts, which ranks 6th in the NL, have kept him relevant and a viable option on the mound.
Velasquez is expected to miss his next two scheduled starts, and Philadelphia might have to dip into their minor league roster for a few replacement starts in the coming weeks. Fortunately, they have an easy stretch the next couple weeks with series against the Pirates, Mets, Orioles, and Marlins.