Appel was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.
Appel, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week, will report to Lehigh Valley after passing through waivers untouched. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2013 has struggled since being dealt to the Phillies two years ago, posting a combined 5.01 ERA and 94:73 K:BB across two seasons (120.1 innings) with the IronPigs. He'll likely open the season back at Lehigh Valley.
The first overall pick by the Astros in 2013, he was dealt to Philadelphia two years ago in the Ken Giles trade. Appel has failed to get his career on track since the move, posting an ERA north of 5.00 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season with nearly as many walks (54) as strikeouts (60) in 82 innings. He will now be subjected to waivers.
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 has been sidelined since the begging 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."
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