Pivetta was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
With Aaron Nola (back) expected to make his next start Sunday, Pivetta was sent back to Lehigh Valley as he is no longer needed as the Phillies' fifth starter. The 24-year-old struggled across four starts with the big club, going 0-and-2 with a 5.12 ERA across 19.2 innings. He'll continue to serve as depth in Triple-A should the Phillies need an extra arm. A corresponding roster move will be announced ahead of Friday's series opener against the Pirates.
Pivetta allowed four runs on five hits over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday. He struck out five and walked four.
Pivetta had held the Nationals scoreless through four innings, but things fell apart in the fifth. Trea Turner homered and Ryan Zimmerman doubled to drive in all four runs that Pivetta gave up. The rookie should get one more start this week before Aaron Nola rejoins the rotation next weekend.
Pivetta will make his next start Saturday against the Nationals, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
As was speculated, Pivetta will simply slide his start back a day after Friday's game was postponed due to inclement weather. He'll face off against Tanner Roark as before, which will likely keep him on schedule for his next start Thursday in Texas thanks to the Phillies' off day Monday.
Pivetta will not make his scheduled start Friday against the Nationals after the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. No word has come forth as to how the Phillies will manage their rotation in response to this news, but it would seem logical for Pivetta to simply move back to start Saturday's game. Information on this front should be revealed prior to Saturday's start time.
Pivetta (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out six over five innings to take the loss Friday against the Nationals.
Pivetta made a second start while Aaron Nola remained sidelined with a lower-back strain, and he allowed a trio of home runs to put the Phillies into a 4-0 hole they couldn't climb out of. In his two starts, he's allowed 18 hits over 10 innings, but he also was able to strike out 11. It's possible he returns to the minors once Nola returns to action. For now, his next start has yet to be determined.
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