Phillies trade for a right-handed reliever, plan to add him to big league roster on Thursday
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded minor league catcher Karl Ellison to the Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Vinny Nittoli, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The team is expected to add Nittoli to the big league roster tomorrow for the start of a 3-game set in San Francisco.
Nittoli, 31, has thrown a great season in AAA for the Blue Jays and Yankees, tallying a total ERA of 3.30 in 46.1 innings. He’s tallied a 0.993 WHIP and a 9.0 SO9 this season and has allowed just 17 earned runs and 32 hits.
The Phillies get some bullpen help, as they are without Seranthony Dominguez for at least another week, and have lost Corey Knebel for the rest of the season. The bullpen has struggled recently, as Connor Brogdon, Andrew Bellatti, and Brad Hand all have ERA’s above 4 over the last 7 days.
Vinny Nittoli was not on a big league roster, which is why he was able to be traded after the August 2nd deadline. He will be eligible to pitch in the postseason as long as he’s rostered by tomorrow, September 1st.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies got embarrassed the last two nights but look to bounce back tonight with Bailey Falter on the mound at 9:40.