Pivetta will leave camp in about a week to join Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Pivetta made his spring debut Friday and looked good in two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three and walking one. He will return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of the season after going 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in five starts with the IronPigs late last year following a promotion from Double-A Reading. He could be an option to join the Phillies' rotation later this season.
Perkins went 2-for-2 with a single and a home run in his spring debut Friday against the Yankees.
Perkins is competing for the fifth outfield spot with Chris Coghlan, Daniel Nava and Brock Stassi. He's considered a bit of a longshot for the job, but can improve his chances if he keeps performing like he did Friday. Perkins, 26, hit .292/.329/.419 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Asher found success last season after adding a two-seam fastball and featuring it heavily while going 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in five starts late in the year with the
Rivers posted 23 points (8-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with three assists and no turnovers over 27 minutes in Friday's 105-97 loss against the Spurs.
Rivers was back to his role off the bench with Chris Paul (thumb) back in action after missing the past month. Despite the move back to a reserve role he was still very effective against a good defensive club. Don't drop Rivers from your fantasy lineup, but you can expect his playing time to be reduced as Paul gets even more comfortable after the long layoff.
Paul looked pretty good after a month-long absence due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. He did not appear to play with any kind of minutes ceiling and it looks safe to get him back into the active fantasy lineup in all formats. Austin Rivers will see his minutes and value substantially reduced with Paul back in the lineup.
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