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Phillies send RHP Brandon Kintzler (neck) to IL in series of moves

Field Level Media
09 Jun 2021, 10:19 GMT+10

The Philadelphia Phillies made several moves Tuesday before their home game against the Atlanta Braves, which included placing right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the 10-day injured list because of a strained neck.

Kintzler's transaction is retroactive to Monday, which would leave open the possibility that he could return on the second half of the team's six-game road trip to face the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

The Phillies also reinstated a pair of bullpen arms, activating right-handers Chase Anderson and David Hale from the COVID-19 injured list. The team also optioned rookie left-hander Cristopher Sanchez back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of infielder Luke Williams.

Kintzler, 36, has struggled in his first season with the Phillies. The 12-year veteran is 2-1 with an 8.50 ERA in 20 appearances over 18 innings, in which he's allowed an astronomical 31 hits.

Anderson, 33, is 2-4 this season with a 7.34 ERA in 11 games (eight starts) with 29 strikeouts, 17 walks and seven home runs allowed in 38 innings. He was demoted from the starting rotation last month.

Hale, 33, is 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA in 13 appearances (one start) with 18 strikeouts, eight walks and four homers allowed in 22 1/3 innings.

Sanchez, 24, made his major league debut in Sunday's 12-6 win against the Washington Nationals. The rookie threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two.

Williams, 24, is a former third-round pick in 2015 who has never before reached the majors. His profile has spiked this season after a quick start at Triple-A, where he has hit .352 with eight RBIs in 18 games. Two days earlier Williams helped Team USA qualify for the Olympics, going 8-for-18 with a home run in four games during qualifying, leading the American squad in hits.

--Field Level Media

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