Vince Velasquez gets a tough assignment in first start of season


Vince Velasquez is the Phillies’ scheduled starting pitcher for Friday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Manager Joe Girardi on Tuesday conceded that Matt Moore, who is on the COVID-19 injured list, would not be able to make the start.

So far this season, Velasquez has pitched four innings out of the bullpen. He has faced 22 batters, walked eight and struck out nine. He has given up three hits and four runs.

Velasquez will need to cut down on the baserunners if he’s going to have success Friday night. Coors Field, a launching pad at the foot of the Rockies, is one of the toughest places to pitch in baseball. Velasquez knows that. He’s made four starts there in his career and allowed 26 hits, 11 walks and 12 runs in 20⅓ innings. His ERA in the ballpark is 5.31.

Aaron Nola and Chase Anderson line up to pitch Saturday and Sunday in Denver. The road trip also includes four games in St. Louis.


The Phils sent pitchers Damon Jones and Cristopher Sanchez to the alternate site and recalled pitchers Bailey Falter and Ramon Rosso.

The Phils also added Ranger Suarez to the alternate site and signed lefty Rob Kaminsky to a minor-league deal and assigned him to the alternate site. Kaminsky pitched in five games for the Cardinals last season.

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