Appel (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Appel had been sidelined for the past two months with a shoulder ailment. He will be used out of the bullpen for the IronPigs in the International League playoffs. It is unclear if the Phillies intend to return him to a starting role next season or if the move to the pen will be permanent.
Appel (shoulder) started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Appel has been sidelined since the beginning of July with a shoulder strain. The minor-league season has almost ended, so it is unlikely we'll see Appel back at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. Since he holds a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster, there is an outside chance he could get a look in the majors this month if his shoulder is healthy.
Appel is not expected to require surgery on his shoulder, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Appel has been sent to Florida to rehab his shoulder strain. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Appel should return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley "sooner rather than later."
Appel (shoulder) will head to the 7-day disabled list Thursday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports. The right-hander was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain after going almost two full weeks without any time on the mound for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His past two starts have been a little shaky -- he's allowed four earned runs on 15 hits and seven walks during 10 innings of work. It has been a difficult year for Appel, and he may be in line to miss an extended period of time depending on the severity of this injury.
Appel allowed five hits over 8.1 scoreless innings Monday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and walked three. This was easily Appel's best start of the season. He generated 13 groundball outs and threw 70 of his 119 pitches for strikes. Overall, it has been another tough season for the top pick in the 2013 draft. He has a 5.05 ERA and a 49:41 K:BB in 71.1 innings. With poor command and a middling strikeout rate, it looks like Appel will have to be shifted to a bullpen role at some point to see if he can be productive in shorter stints.
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