Morgan was activated from the paternity list prior to Thursday's contest. Morgan will be available out of the bullpen versus the Marlins during Thursday's series opener after spending the past few days with his family. Through 28.1 innings of relief this year, Morgan has posted a 4.76 ERA and 8.6 K/9. Yacksel Rios was sent back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
Morgan was placed on the paternity list on Friday. He must miss Friday's game, but no more than three total games. Yacksel Rios was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Morgan's spot in the bullpen in the short term.
Morgan allowed a pair of runs on two hits and a walk without recording a single out in Monday's loss to the Yankees. The lefty was called upon to face the top of the Yankees' order with a one-run deficit in the top of the eighth. He wasn't hit hard, but loaded the bases immediately before being pulled for Yacksiel Rios, who allowed two of Morgan's runners to score. Through the first two months of the season, Morgan had a sparkling 1.76 ERA. His ERA in 10 appearances in June is an ugly 15.88, bringing his season figure up to 5.57, in line with his 5.25 FIP. He hasn't proven himself to be a trustworthy member of the Phillies' bullpen this year, but the team doesn't have any other reliable lefties, so he'll likely be given the chance to turn things around.
Morgan recorded the final two outs of Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Cardinals to pick up his first save of the season. Seranthony Dominguez was unavailable after pitching three of the last four days, and Edubray Ramos pitched in the seventh and eighth innings Wednesday, leaving manager Gabe Kapler without any obvious choices to wrap things up. Morgan's 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP don't suggest he'll be a major part of the Phillies' closer mix going forward, but as the top left-hander in the bullpen he could see occasional situational save chances.
Morgan was saddled with a blown save Monday against the Cardinals, allowing an inherited runner to score while giving up one hit in one-third of an inning. Morgan was called upon with two outs and a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, facing Kolten Wong with runners on the corners. He allowed Wong to tie the game on a single before getting out of the inning with a comebacker. The Phillies' fluid bullpen should see Morgan stumble into save situations from time to time, but he's not a good bet to get a large number of them nor a good bet to convert them at a particularly high rate. The southpaw's ERA sits at an unimpressive 4.66 on the season, with a mediocre 23.0 percent strikeout rate and a high 11.5 percent walk rate.