Roster Moves: Phillies select contract of Jeff Singer, Corey Knebel placed on the COVID-related IL
The Philadelphia Phillies have selected the contract of LHP Jeff Singer from Lehigh Valley. In a corresponding move, Corey Knebel will be heading to the COVID-related IL.
Manager Joe Girardi said Corey Knebel had flu-like symptoms last night, leading to his absence from the bullpen in Monday night’s win.
Singer, a south jersey native, graduated from Holy Cross High School and has spent six years in the minors. Jeff Singer pitched 44 games in Lehigh Valley last season, tallying a 4.75 ERA in 53 innings pitched. He struck out 67 batters while posting a SO/9 ratio of 11.4. Singer has shined in the minors, posting a 2.34 ERA in 42 games back in 2019 with Reading.
“I’m excited. It still hasn’t fully hit me yet, but I’m excited to go up and help the team in any way and have fun with it, enjoy the moment and understand the situation, really enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy the fans, enjoy my family, enjoy everyone. I’m very happy I’m getting the opportunity now” – Jeff Singer
Singer has been a primary reliever in the minors but is ready to fill any role that the team needs. “I’m just going to be ready. Whenever they call my name, I’m going to do what I got to do and got with it.”
In other news, Odúbel Herrera will begin a rehab assignment today with Clearwater (A).
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the New York Mets in Game 2 of a three-game set tonight. Zack Wheeler makes his first start of the season.
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