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Phillies Roster Moves: James Norwood DFA’d, RHP Michael Kelly’s contract selected, and an update on Rafael Marchan

Phillies right-handed reliever James Norwood has been designated for assignment, according to the team. In a corresponding move, RHP Michael Kelly’s contract has been selected from Lehigh Valley.

James Norwood has finally been DFA’d. Norwood was horrible in the bullpen, surrendering an 8.31 ERA in 17.1 innings. He allowed 24 hits, 16 earned runs, 2 HRs, and 9 walks in 20 appearances.

Norwood was surprisingly good to start the season, throwing 6.1 innings in April, allowing just 2 earned runs, and striking out four, tallying a 2.84 ERA. The start of his downfall came in May, when he gave up six total earned runs in two games against the Mets, combining for seven hits allowed, one home run, and struck out just one in a combined 0.2 innings.

When you turn into a guy that consistently comes into games when your team is up or down 10 runs, you have to know your time is coming to an end.

The Phillies have officially selected the contract of Michael Kelly, a right-handed reliever from Lehigh Valley. Kelly has been a little shaky in AAA, holding a 5.00 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen. He’s totaled 18 innings with the Iron Pigs, allowing 19 hits, 10 earned runs, and 9 walks.

This will be Kelly’s first time in the majors, and with the Phillies short on bullpen arms this week with Corey Knebel out, Michael Kelly could be seeing his first MLB innings of his career.

Rafael Marchan has been reinstated from the 60-day IL and optioned to Lehigh Valley. Marchan has been nursing a left hamstring strain for upwards of two months, and will officially begin his rehab assignment in AAA. Marchan’s placement on the IL back in April cleared a spot for Bryson Stott on the Opening Day roster.

Up Next for the Phillies

The Phillies kick off a three-game set with the Marlins tonight. Aaron Nola gets the ball for the Phillies, going up against Sandy Alcantara.

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