The Phillies announced today that right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. Fellow right-hander Edubray Ramos has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Hunter’s 25-man roster spot.
Forearm strains are always ominous for pitchers, but it seems especially alarming in Hunter’s case. The 33-year-old had only been activated from the IL two weeks ago after sitting out the first three months of the season with the same injury. While there’s no timetable yet for Hunter’s return, if his recovery for the new injury takes anywhere near as long as the road back from his first malady, it could put his season in jeopardy. Hunter told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Breen (via Twitter) that while he’s optimistic about his ability to return this season, he believes his new injury is similar to the one which shut him down at the season’s outset. Hunter has thrown just 5.1 innings this season, the second of a two-year, 18MM deal that hasn’t worked out well for the team to this point.
Ramos, 26, is up for for his fourth separate stint with the club in 2019. A solid contributor from 2016-2018, his numbers have taken a downturn this year. After striking out 26.5% of hitters over his first three MLB seasons, Ramos has seen that rate plummet to 15.8% this year. An IL stint for shoulder stiffness could help explain his struggles, as Ramos’ average fastball is over two miles per hour slower than it was in 2018, per Brooks Baseball. His velocity didn’t bounce back immediately after he returned from the injury, though, and his results in Lehigh Valley this year have only marginally surpassed the mediocre production he’s managed in the majors.