The Phillies announced today that righty Edubray Ramos is heading to the 10-day injured list with biceps tendinitis. Lefty Austin Davis will take his roster spot.
In other news involving the Philadelphia relief corps, righty David Robertson has been advised not to throw for at least three more weeks, as Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among those to cover on Twitter. The hope is that rest will cure Robertson’s flexor strain, though it remains to be seen how he’ll respond when the time comes. Once he resumes throwing, the veteran will need to ramp up before he’s ready to pitch again in the majors.
Ramos, 26, had a fine showing last year for the Phis. He has not been quite as good out of the gates in 2019, however, having allowed five earned runs on a dozen hits while compiling a 7:4 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings.
There’s some obvious cause for concern in Ramos’s radar-gun readings. He has dropped a full 2 mph on his average four-seamer and even more on his heavily-used slider. Unsurprisingly, his swinging-strike rate has suffered, though Ramos is still drawing loads of soft contact (32.3%).
In the aggregate, there’s quite a lot of uncertainty for a pair of hurlers who were expected to occupy significant roles in 2019. Bullpen issues haven’t kept the club from a strong overall start, and there’s still time for internal solutions to emerge, but the Phillies currently project as a clear buyer of relief pitching at this season’s trade deadline.
Man Robertson was a bust! They say he needs rest, he has been resting for how long now?? ♂️
40 games in and he’s a bust? HA HA HA HA HA
I mean…so far he hasn’t delivered as expected. So it’s fair to say that, given his track record of high success, so far he has been a bust. OP’s comment wasn’t really out of line.
Robertson: another overpaid dud. The bullpen is where you save money, not spend it.
I really think they should just go out and get Kimbrel , The bullpen would look a lot better and deeper. Everyone can thrive off his energy he brings.
What’s the percentage of big money bullpen arms that actually work out? Why make the same mistakes over and over again?
Robert J Cleary
No team is going to sign him this late and give up a draft pick. I think that changes after June 2nd. The bullpen is where money needs to be spent. It’s often the difference between winning and losing