When might Phillies get Jose Alvarado and Matt Moore back? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Phillies have been short-handed in the bullpen this week without Archie Bradley and Jose Alvarado and they’ve paid the price.
Phillies relievers have allowed 13 runs in their last 10⅓ innings and the team has unsurprisingly lost three of those four games.
Bradley was placed on the injured list April 11 with a left oblique strain, his first IL stint since 2015.
Alvarado was placed in COVID protocol Monday, along with starting pitcher Matt Moore, utilityman Ronald Torreyes and two coaches. Three other coaches were placed in protocol three days earlier.
Alvarado and Moore have been throwing against nets to keep their arms going, manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. It sounds like Alvarado could be ready for activation as soon as Monday in St. Louis if all goes well.
Moore may be a little behind.
“We’ve got to see probably a little bit more of where he’s at than Alvarado because he’s a guy that’s expected to give you distance,” Girardi said.
Brad Miller was scratched from Friday’s series-opening loss at Coors Field with a stiff neck. He showed up Saturday feeling better and Girardi said he could be available off the bench. Miller's made an impact at the plate this week, going 5 for 10 with a three-run homer.