The Phillies activated reliever David Phelps before Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. To make room for Phelps on the 28-man roster, the Phillies placed left-handed reliever Adam Morgan on the injured list with what was called shoulder fatigue.
Morgan, who missed time with elbow/forearm issues in 2019, has struggled in this season. In 11 games, he has allowed 10 hits, including three homers, and five runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Morgan is the second veteran lefty reliever to go on the IL for the Phillies. Jose Alvarez has been sidelined for 12 days after being struck in the groin with the line drive. He will be out at least two more weeks.
With Morgan and Alvarez out, the Phillies are relying on Ranger Suarez and rookie JoJo Romero as their left-handed relief corps. Suarez has yet to pitch in a game this season; he was activated off the COVID IL on Monday. Romero has been impressive since coming up from the satellite camp. He’s pitched three hitless innings over three appearances, walked one and struck out six. The Phillies are eager to see more from him.
Phelps was acquired from Milwaukee for three young minor leaguers at Monday’s trade deadline. He will wear No. 31.
The Phillies are carrying 10 relievers. Eight of them were not on the opening day roster July 24.