Hale was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Friday. Hale has a 6.41 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 21:9 K:BB across 26.2 innings this season, and the Phillies opted to remove him from the 40-man roster after surrendering five runs in his past two appearances. The right-hander could report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Hale was reinstated from the COVID-19-related injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against Atlanta. Hale was placed on the COVID-related IL prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals, but he'll return to the Phillies' bullpen after missing just one game. He's posted a subpar 5.64 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 22.1 innings this season, but Hale should still figure to be one of Joe Girardi's top long-relief options going forward.
The Phillies placed Hale on the COVID-19-related injured list prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals. Long reliever Chase Anderson was also added to the COVID IL, but the Phillies didn't specify whether the two pitchers were moved to the list due to testing positive for the virus. Since making a spot start May 20 in place of Vince Velasquez, Hale has made only one appearance out of the Philadelphia bullpen. He'll likely be ticketed for low-leverage relief duty once he's reinstated from the IL.
Hale (0-2) gave up one run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three innings to take the loss versus Miami on Thursday. Hale made a spot start when Vince Velasquez (finger) was scratched shortly before first pitch. The 33-year-old Hale did alright on short notice, with his only mistake being a third-inning solo home run by Miguel Rojas. The right-hander didn't get any help from Philadelphia's offense. Hale owns a 4.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 17:7 K:BB across 20.2 innings this season, primarily as a multi-inning option out of the bullpen. He's given up four homers in 12 outings.
Hale will start Thursday's game against the Marlins, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Vince Velasquez was initially slated to start Thursday's game, but he was dealing with a numb right index finger while warming up ahead of the contest. As a result, Hale will make his first start of the season on short notice, while the Phillies could lean heavily on their bullpen Thursday.
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