Nick Pivetta, who entered the season with huge expectations, will be optioned to Triple A as the Phillies shuffle their roster.
Pivetta has not pitched well this season, posting an 8.35 ERA and .383 opponents' batting average through four starts. On Tuesday night, he was spotted a 10-run lead by the Phillies but still had trouble, allowing two or more baserunners in all but one of his five innings and needing 100 pitches to make it through.
Jerad Eickhoff followed with four shutout innings that gave him the inside track to replacing Pivetta, at least in the short term.
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Pivetta, who has options remaining, will head to the minors and try to recapture the command he had last April and May, when he missed bats with a mid-90s fastball and kept hitters off balance with an effective slider and curveball.
Today, the move allows the Phillies to bring up infielder Phil Gosselin, who will provide infield depth with Jean Segura dealing with a left hamstring issue that is not believed to be serious.
To make room for Gosselin on the 40-man roster, the Phillies transferred Tommy Hunter (flexor strain) to the 60-day DL.
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