The Phillies released Kevin Slowey on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Slowey posted a 6.94 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 11 2/3 innings of work this spring. Last season, he registered a 5.30 ERA with the Marlins.
The Pirates torched Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey Monday for six runs Monday, but one player was still frustrated with how Slowey acted on the mound. Left fielder Sean Rodriguez stepped into the batter's box in the fifth inning and believed Slowey quick pitched him, leading to a strikeout, reports MLB.com. Rodriguez was visibly displeased with the move and yelled at Slowey as he walked off the field, who was staring right back at him. Rodriguez continued to jaw at Slowey in the fifth, leading to both benches clearing. "It surprises me to be that upset, and challenging somebody to a physical altercation hardly seems like the best way to resolve your frustrations," Slowey said. "I was kind of taken by surprise at his animosity after his at-bat. I know the kind of guy that he purports to be. That surprised me that that would be his choice of words and reaction. I guess I understand the frustration of a singular failure. It's a game of failures. But to react that way to me was very surprising." Manager Clint Hurdle remained neutral on the topic after the game. "The umpires don't have to give you time. I'm not here to be judge or jury. We'll talk about it internally, about how we can do better job of not letting it happen again, or what we'll do if it does happen again."
Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in two innings while striking out two and giving up two home runs in Monday's 18-4 loss to the Pirates. Slowey remains a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but Sean O'Sullivan, who was reassigned to minor-league camp earlier this month, is scheduled to start Tuesday and is the favorite to take the mound the first time the Phillies need a fifth starter, MLB.com reports. The Phillies are also looking outside the organization for rotation help, but "it's likely to be an internal candidate," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. If the Phillies do add someone, it'll likely be via a minor trade or through waivers.
Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey is battling to earn a spot in the team's five-man pitching rotation this season. Manager Ryne Sandberg wants to see Slowey mix up his pitches when he is out on the mound, per MLB.com. "He's working on his breaking stuff," Sandberg said about Slowey. "He's featuring a lot of fastballs right now. And for him to be a multiple-innings guy, to be a long type of a guy or even to step into the rotation, he needs to mix his pitches, his breaking pitches, work on his breaking pitches. He's thrown a lot of fastballs in his outings." In his latest outing, Slowey allowed three hits and three runs, two of which were earned, in one inning pitched. In six Grapefruit League appearances he has an ERA of 3.72, giving up nine hits, five runs, two walks and one homerun with seven strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings thrown.
Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey , who was in the hunt for the team's No. 5 starter role, likely will start the campaign in the bullpen, per The News Journal. Slowey pitched one inning Sunday, but manager Ryne Sandberg envisions Slowey in a variety of roles in the pen. "Right now he's kind of a swing guy for us," Sandberg said. Slowey was 1-1, with a 5.30 ERA last season.
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