Coonrod (thumb) made back-to-back appearances out of the Philadelphia bullpen Wednesday and Thursday against Atlanta, covering 1.1 innings while striking out two. The first of the two appearances marked Coonrod's first game action since Sept. 22, as the Phillies had stayed away for him for about a week while he dealt with a right thumb injury. The 29-year-old owns a 4.04 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 42.1 innings on the season.
Coonrod is dealing with a thumb injury but will avoid the injured list for now, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Coonrad has allowed runs in three of his last five appearances and hasn't pitched since Wednesday, though it's not clear if either of those facts is related to his thumb issue. With less than 10 days remaining in regular season, any trip to the injured list would bring his campaign to an end.
Coonrod struck out one in a perfect inning during Friday's 11-2 loss to Colorado. The right-hander was one of two Philadelphia pitchers, along with Cam Bedrosian, to keep runs off the board. Coonrod has been a steady presence this year with a 3.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB across 36 innings. He's logged a 2-2 record, two saves, eight holds and three blown saves. Since he returned from forearm tendinitis, he's allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batters while racking up 12 strikeouts in eight innings.
Coonrod is scheduled to serve as the Phillies' opening pitcher for Friday's game against the Rockies in Philadelphia. For the second time in less than week, Coonrod will work as an opener for the Phillies. He covered 1.1 innings in his previous "start" against the Marlins on Sept. 5, striking out three while giving up one run on one hit and one walk. He's not expected to cover more than two innings Friday before the Phillies turn the game over to the bullpen.
Coonrod didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Marlins after allowing one run on one hit and one walk while fanning three across 1.1 innings. He also hit a batter. Coonrod got the nod as the opener for Sunday's bullpen game, but as it has been the trend all season long, he didn't go deep and was removed with two outs to go in the second inning. He has allowed runs in two of his last five appearances since returning to the big-league roster and owns a 3.00 ERA -- though with an excellent 12.0 K/9 -- through six innings in that span.
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