The Phillies have pulled the plug on Edubray Ramos, at least for the time being. They optioned the struggling 24-year-old reliever to Triple A Lehigh Valley on Monday and replaced him in the bullpen with right-hander Ricardo Pinto.
Ramos took the extra-inning loss Sunday in Arizona to fall to 0-7 with a 5.52 ERA in 35 appearances. No Phillies reliever has had more losses in a season since Brad Lidge had eight in 2009. Prior to that, you have to go back to 2000.
Control has been an issue all season for Ramos, who's walked 22 batters in 31 innings. This after a promising rookie year in which he struck out 40 and walked 11 in 40 innings.
Ramos faced some controversy earlier this season when he threw a pitch behind Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's head in the eighth inning of a tie game. Ramos had clearly been thinking all winter about how he'd deal with Cabrera after the shortstop hit a walk-off home run and celebrated it on the last pitch Ramos threw in 2016.
Last week, Ramos allowed the game-winning run to the Cardinals in extra innings on a pickoff throw to first base that sailed over Tommy Joseph's head.
Pinto made one appearance for the Phils on May 31 in Miami and allowed four runs and nine baserunners in two innings. The 23-year-old had a 4.39 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) with the IronPigs.