Arano (elbow) struck out one in a scoreless inning Saturday against the Marlins. Arano had been out for nearly a week due to elbow soreness, but if Saturday's showing is any indication, it appears the issue is behind him now. The right-hander now has a 2.45 ERA and a 9.3 K/9, numbers giving him some value in deeper fantasy leagues as long as he continues pitching in high-leverage situations.
Arano didn't pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals due to right elbow soreness, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Arano last took the mound Sunday against the Mets, and also pitched in Saturday's game. The severity of the issue remains unclear at this point, and the 23-year-old should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Arano has a 2.50 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 56:15 K:BB over 54 innings this season.
Arano threw 1.2 scoreless innings in Monday's extra-innings loss to the Diamondbacks, striking out one and allowing three hits. Arano got into a bit of trouble in the 10th inning, allowing a pair of one-out singles to Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta, but he got out of the jam and went on to keep the game scoreless through the bottom of the 11th. Arano's season ERA now sits at 2.09 through 43 innings. Seranthony Dominguez remains the Phillies' primary closing option, but he's now given up runs in his last two appearances. Arano is one of a small handful of relievers who could be poised to take over a higher-leverage role and earn the occasional save should Dominguez continue to falter.
Arano earned his first career save by tossing a pair of scoreless innings Wednesday against the Orioles, walking one batter and striking out three. Arano entered the top of the eighth with a three-run lead and got the job done easily, allowing just a single baserunner over the final two innings. He's posted strong numbers for the Phillies this season, throwing 31 innings with a 2.32 ERA and a 9.6 K/9. He could find himself in high-leverage situations more frequently going forward, though Seranthony Dominguez remains firmly atop the pecking order in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Arano allowed a pair of runs on a pair of hits Monday against the Cardinals, striking out three batters in two-thirds of an inning. Arano entered with the chance to earn his first career save, coming in at the start of the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He couldn't get the job done despite striking out three batters, and had a rare line with more strikeouts than outs, as he was removed after Yairo Munoz reached base following a wild pitch on the third strikeout. Despite the setback, Arano could still be in line for the occasional save chance, as the Phillies' bullpen is currently in flux and the 23-year-old has a well-earned 2.70 ERA on the season, striking out 28.9 percent of batters faced while walking just 6.2 percent.