Phillies: Aaron Nola leaves team for MRI on back
Phillies righty Aaron Nola has been on the disabled list for over a week
Troubling news is spreading across the visitor clubhouse in Chicago as the Phillies ready to bounce back against the Chicago Cubs.
Starter Aaron Nola, who’s been on the disabled list since April 24 with a back strain, will fly back to Philadelphia for an MRI. All reports are that the MRI is precautionary, but Nola is still feeling discomfort in his back.
The 23-year-old threw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Monday after leaving a simulated game on Friday with continued discomfort. It’s been described as a combination of soreness and stiffness, and any back injury with a young pitcher is of great concern.
Nick Pivetta, who made his Major League debut in Los Angeles on Sunday, will likely remain with the team. He’s expected to make his home debut against his former club, the first-place Washington Nationals, late in the week.
In five innings against the Dodgers Pivetta allowed two runs off five hits, but showed what made the Phillies want him in the Jonathan Papelbon trade.
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First pitch from Chicago is scheduled for 8:05 E.T. as the Phillies look to rebound against the Cubs after blowing an early lead. Jerad Eickhoff will look for his first win of the season after starting 0-2 thanks to a lack of run support.