The Phillies announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran right-hander Fernando Salas for the second time this season. Philadelphia also recalled southpaw Cole Irvin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and, in a pair of corresponding moves, optioned lefty Austin Davis and righty Edgar Garcia to Triple-A. The Phillies had a 40-man vacancy, so no DFA or 60-day IL placement was required to add Salas to the 40-man roster.
Salas, 34, pitched just one inning in his previous stint with the Phils, allowing a solo homer and recording a strikeout. He was designated for assignment shortly thereafter and accepted an outright assignment upon clearing waivers. Since returning to the IronPigs, Salas has surrendered two runs on five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Overall, he has a 2.51 ERA and a 14-to-3 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings of work in Triple-A this year.
Of course, Salas is also a seasoned big league veteran, having spent nine seasons in the Majors prior to 2019. He tossed 40 innings with the D-backs last year and carries a lifetime 3.91 ERA with 8.7 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 1.1 HR/9 in 488 innings between the Cardinals, Angels, Mets, Diamondbacks and Phillies. He’ll add a fresh arm to an injury-ravaged Philadelphia bullpen that went through five relievers yesterday after starter Nick Pivetta lasted just 2 1/3 innings due to a lengthy rain delay.