Velasquez allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk across 4.2 innings during Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. He had seven strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
Velasquez generated 19 swinging strikes and gave up only five hits -- which usually bodes well for a pitcher-- but he was unable to keep the ball in the yard as he allowed four homers. The right-hander has a 4.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 70:24 K:BB through 61 innings and will next pitch Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Velasquez didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 7-2 win over the Mets, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings while striking out three.
The right-hander threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in a solid outing but hit the showers on the hook for his sixth loss of the season, before the Phillies once again rallied against Edwin Diaz and the Mets bullpen. Velasquez now sports a 4.63 ERA and 63:23 K:BB through 56.1 innings heading into the All-Star break.
Velasquez has been named the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
It was initially reported that Velasquez would work out of the bullpen until the All-Star break, but skipper Gabe Kapler appears to have changed his mind on the matter. Following Velasquez's outing, Jake Arrieta will take the ball Saturday and Aaron Nola will make the team's final start before the break.
Velasquez won't start any of the Phillies' first four games of the week and could work out of the bullpen through the All-Star break, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Thanks to an off day Monday, the Phillies will be able to reorganize their rotation and set ace Aaron Nola up for a two-start week. Philadelphia will require a fifth starter again Saturday against the Mets in New York, but Velasquez may not be available to slot back into the rotation if he's needed in relief in any of the prior four games. After a strong five-inning, one-hit showing at home versus the Marlins on June 22, Velasquez faltered in his rematch in Miami on Friday, lasting just 4.1 frames while giving up four runs on six hits and two walks.
Velasquez (2-5) took the loss Friday against the Marlins, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks over 4.1 innings while striking out six.
While it wasn't a sharp outing from the right-hander, he also got almost no support from the teammates -- the Phillies' only two runs on the night came on Velasquez's first career homer. Assuming he remains in the rotation, he'll take a 4.73 ERA and 60:23 K:BB through 51.1 innings into his next outing Thursday in Atlanta.
Velasquez is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Marlins in Miami, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Velasquez re-entered the rotation over the weekend and didn't disappoint, holding this same Marlins squad to one run on one hit (a solo home run) while striking out five and issuing no walks in five innings. That performance will afford him another turn through the rotation, though Velasquez will need to keep reining in long balls and free passes if he's to permanently stick as the Phillies' fifth starter. His 2.1 HR/9 and 10.3 BB% on the season represent his worst and second-worst marks of his career.
Velasquez allowed one run on one hit and no walks across five innings during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Marlins. He struck out five but did not factor in the decision.
Velasquez served up a solo homer to JT Riddle in the third inning but otherwise held Miami without a hit. The right-hander exhibited good control, with 40 of his 57 pitches going for strikes. The 27-year-old was previously removed from the starting rotation but may receive another chance following Saturday's performance, which currently lines up for Friday versus the Marlins.
Velasquez will start Saturday against Miami, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Velasquez lost his job as a starter earlier in the season, but no one else has stepped up to claim it, so he'll be given a chance to audition for his previous role. He hasn't been noticeably different as a starter than as a reliever over the course of his career, with a 4.60 ERA in the rotation and a 4.66 mark out of the bullpen.
Velasquez (2-4) struck out four but surrendered four runs on four hits and a hit batsman in Sunday's 15-1 loss to the Braves.
The fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation remains unsettled, and Sunday's contest didn't bring much clarity on that front. If there's a silver lining for Velasquez, who transitioned to a bullpen role in late May, it's that the other primary candidates for the final rotation spot both faltered while working behind him. Cole Irvin was blitzed for six runs in 3.2 frames before turning the game over to Jerad Eickoff, who promptly surrendered five runs over his lone inning. Velasquez topped out at 38 pitches Sunday, so even if he gets the nod the next time a fifth starter is required Friday versus Miami, he'll likely be in line for another restricted workload.
Velasquez will draw the start for Sunday's game against the Braves, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Considering he hasn't made a start since May 6 or worked more than two innings since transitioning to the bullpen, Velasquez is expected to function as more of an opener than a traditional spot starter. It's expected that the Phillies will recall Cole Irvin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to the contest, with the lefty likely to cover the bulk of the innings for Philadelphia once Velasquez departs.
Velasquez is available to pitch multiple innings following opener Jose Alvarez on Saturday against the Dodgers, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
It was originally assumed that Cole Irvin was being called up to start Saturday's game in place of the injured Zach Eflin (back). As it turns out, both Irvin and Velasquez could pitch several innings behind Alvarez. The decision hints at a possible future for Velasquez, who fits the profile of a "bulk guy" as a pitcher who has been just shy of good enough to be trusted as a starter but who still possesses the ability to throw multiple innings.
Velasquez will not make a spot start Saturday in the absence of Zach Eflin (back), with Cole Irvin getting the call instead.
The Phillies seem committed to Velasquez's bullpen transition, at least for now. He's at best the team's seventh starter at this point, recently falling behind both Nick Pivetta and Irvin. Velasquez has little fantasy value as a low-leverage reliever and doesn't appear to be close to a role change.
Velasquez will continue to be used out of the bullpen, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Velasquez was a candidate to start Tuesday against the Cardinals, but Nick Pivetta will instead take the mound. Velasquez delivered two scoreless innings with four strikeouts Friday against the Brewers, and the Phillies apparently liked what they saw and want to keep him in that role. The 26-year-old could be utilized in a high-leverage spot but may see usage in a variety of situations early on.
Velasquez (forearm) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Velasquez is back even though the Phillies don't need a starter until Tuesday. He remains a candidate to start that day but could also be used in the bullpen before then. Nick Pivetta could also get the start Tuesday, regardless of whether Velasquez has been used in relief. Drew Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
Velasquez (forearm) is one of two candidates, along with Nick Pivetta, to start Tuesday against the Cardinals, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Phillies have an opening in the rotation after demoting Cole Irvin to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and it will be one of Velasquez or Pivetta. Manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that, in theory, he loves the idea of using Velasquez out of the bullpen once he is healthy and that returning to the rotation is "not a right". Pivetta has a 3.41 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 37 innings through six starts at Triple-A, but he has also walked at least three batters in every start he has made at Triple-A this season. Regardless of whether Velasquez is tabbed for the start, the fact that he is an option suggests he will be activated from the IL at some point next week.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that Velasquez (forearm) could be moved to the bullpen when he comes off the injured list, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Kapler said he didn't see Velasquez returning to the rotation "as a right" and that in theory, he loves the idea of using Velasquez out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old righty has never held up for a full MLB season as a starter, with last year's 146.2 innings representing a career high.
Velasquez (forearm) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Reports earlier in the week indicated that Velasquez would throw a pair of bullpen sessions, though the pitcher himself said Wednesday that he wasn't sure what his next step would be. He believes that he'll be back in the rotation once he returns from the injured list, though Cole Irvin has won both of his starts as a replacement. Whether or not Velasquez automatically gets his spot back once healthy could depend in part on how Irvin pitches Wednesday against the Cubs.
Velasquez (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Velasquez has been sidelined since May 11 with a strained right forearm. The right-hander threw with no issues Monday, and assuming everything goes off without a hitch during Wednesday's mound session, he'll be cleared to throw another bullpen Friday before being reevaluated.
Velasquez (forearm) is optimistic that he'll only miss one start while on the 10-day injured list, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Velasquez reportedly felt something in his arm after throwing a slider in his last start Monday against the Cardinals. Cole Irvin will fill in for him Sunday but could head back to the minors if Velasquez is indeed ready to pitch again soon.
Velasquez was placed on the injured list with a strained right forearm Saturday.
Velasquez's spot in the rotation was reportedly at risk, but he'll end up heading to the injured list before he could be sent to the bullpen. It's not yet clear how much time he's expected to miss. Reliever Austin Davis will be recalled to take his place on the roster, with Cole Irvin expected to be called up to take his place in the rotation.
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