The rapidly fading Phillies just cannot catch a break. Key reliever Tommy Hunter, who missed the first 82 games of the season because of a forearm/elbow strain that first surfaced early in spring training, is back on the injured list with a right forearm strain.
The Phillies need Hunter and he had pitched very well since coming off the IL, retiring 16 of the 18 batters he faced in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He again joins Pat Neshek and David Robertson on the injured list. Those three combine to make $26,750,000 this season and have spent the vast majority of it on the shelf.
No team has had more relievers spend time on the IL than the Phillies with nine. Between the continuous injuries and mounting number of brutal losses like Saturday night’s, the realization has to be setting in for Phillies decision-makers that this probably just isn’t their year.
Edubray Ramos was recalled from Triple A to replace Hunter, who is a free agent at season’s end.
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