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Phillies send Cole Irvin to minors, buy time on next move and Vince Velasquez decision

Phillies send Cole Irvin to minors, buy time on next move and Vince Velasquez decision

CHICAGO — The question of whether Cole Irvin would make his next start was asked after the rookie lefty was hit hard by the Chicago Cubs in a 8-4 loss on Wednesday night. In that post-game moment, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the organization needed more time to make a decision. 

It didn’t need that much time.

The team on Thursday morning sent Irvin back to Triple A and recalled Drew Anderson. Anderson gives the Phils an extra arm in the bullpen until they plot their next move. Because of an off day on Monday, the Phils can go with four starters until a week from Saturday when they’d need a fifth starter in Los Angeles. By that time, Vince Velasquez will be ready to come off the injured list. Nick Pivetta or Enyel De Los Santos could also get that start. Irvin needs to spend 10 days in the minors before being recalled so he would not be a candidate because that would be his 10th day.

In short, the Phils have plenty of time to plot strategy. They could even remain on a five-man rotation and add Velasquez or Pivetta for Tuesday’s start. By waiting, however, they could get a look at Velasquez a time or two in the bullpen before putting him back in the rotation. The bullpen remains a possibility for Velasquez. That situation was explored here.

Irvin was called up when Velasquez went on the IL with a sore elbow two weeks ago. He made three starts, winning his first two with a combined 13 innings of five-run ball. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Wednesday and was tagged for a three-run homer and a grand slam.

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The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillies may not have played a game yesterday due to the weather down in Washington but that didn't stop the Phanatic from getting his game on.

The big green fella was a guest on MLB Network to play "Central Scribbles" which is basically Pictionary.

He teamed up with Ken Rosenthal and Lauren Shehadi to try and come up with players associated with the National League East. Some names were much more challenging than others. Spoiler: Nobody was able to get Adam Eaton.

You can watch and enjoy the Phanatic's artistic skills in the below video.

Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

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Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

Here we go again.

After a rain delay of about two hours, the Phillies and Nationals have been rained out for a second straight night. Tonight’s game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sept. 24.

After nearly three hours of waiting on Monday, the series opener was postponed and scheduled to be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Wednesday (1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.), but Tuesday’s postponement will cause even more issues for both teams.

Different from Monday, there was steady rain falling throughout the night and, perhaps, with a day game on Wednesday, it got too late to give this one a go. The Phillies have announced that Zach Eflin will start game one and Jake Arrieta will start game two. It appears Patrick Corbin will try again for Washington, however the Nationals may be searching for a second starter after a freak accident during batting practice resulted in a broken nose for their ace, Max Scherzer, whose status is TBD. (see video)

While a doubleheader is difficult from a pitching standpoint, the Phillies will welcome two extra days for J.T. Realmuto and Jay Bruce to mend. Not in the posted lineup for either of the games that were postponed due to rain, Gabe Kapler did indicate that Realmuto would start one game on Wednesday and Bruce was available to pinch hit on Tuesday if needed.

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