Phillies Option Nick Pivetta In Smart Piece of Roster Management

Today vs the Padres Nick Pivetta struck out 11 Padres in 5+ innings. It wasn’t the sharpest day ever as he walked 3 and let the Padres steal all of the bases. It was still an encouraging start for a rotation that has not been sharp of late. But this happened.

On the surface this is odd as the Phillies cannot recall an optioned player for 10 days unless it is to replace an injured player, but it is actually a sneaky little bit of roster manipulation. Nick Pivetta’s next start would be scheduled for Tuesday August 22nd. The Phillies have a double header vs the Marlins on Tuesday August 22nd. They also have an off day on Monday August 21. That means Thursday’s starter Aaron Nola can pitch a game of the double header. More important than that is that the Phillies can call up a 26th man for one game of the double header. That player is not subject to the 10 day restriction. This means the Phillies can recall Pivetta on Tuesday to make his normal start. In the mean time they would get another bullpen arm for the Giants series over the weekend (or another bat with Odubel ailing).

The Phillies still have a problem on August 26th vs the Cubs, but they could call someone up and then resolve all the 10 day restrictions on September 1 when the rosters expand.

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  1. Keith

    August 19, 2017 10:05 AM

    The fact that you cowardly removed the comments option from your most recent “crashbag” shows how lowly you’ve become. I’ve come to this site for Phillies information for at least the past 4 years. The fact that you are inviting violence against the Commander In Chief, and refuse to keep politics out of sorts. I’m no longer coming to this site for information. This site has gone massively downhill since Corinne left. Your “commentary” in the crashbag is exactly what is wrong with our country and our generation. If you want to protest, fine. If you don’t agree, that’s understandable. But to talk about hurting another human being, and then criticizing people for what you perceive very little of in their lives is pathetic.

    • Ed

      August 20, 2017 09:04 PM

      Hey Keith the person who shall not be named is the instigator of all this violence with his use of inflammatory rhetoric. If you don’t like the fact these guys are expressing their first amendment rights go live in Russia. I hear it’s a great place to be a close minded, disenfranchised casual racist.

      • Eddie

        August 20, 2017 11:39 PM

        You tell ’em, Ed! When someone uses inflammatory rhetoric, you’re damn right that calling for actual violence is the necessary and proper response! It’ll shut them up but good — why, if you punch someone for holding a belief you find abhorrent, they’re almost certain to abandon that belief! At the very least, they’ll never, ever punch back. Violence is a fantastic way to solve problems!

      • Ed

        August 21, 2017 04:45 PM

        Dude I was referring to the writers on this site expressing their first amendment rights not the alt-right.

    • Chris S

      August 22, 2017 10:21 AM

      My problem with turning off comments is that you let the writers have whatever opinion they want, but if someone disagrees with what is said they must be silenced. It is a double standard to let the writers talk about whatever they want politically but then tell the good people that keep the site running to bugger off with their comments. Either everyone should be able to voice their opinions or no one should. I know this will be probably be met with backlash, but whatever.

      • Matt Winkelman

        August 22, 2017 11:41 AM

        The comments were starting to devolve into something that was no longer dialogue and discussion. I turned off the comments before things escalated further.

      • Eddie

        August 23, 2017 06:53 PM

        Was that a surprise? When you start off with a call for political violence, ISTM you’re pretty much giving up on “dialogue and discussion” from the get-go.

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