Phillies activate Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list

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Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (46) pitches against the Chicago White Sox ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (46) pitches against the Chicago White Sox ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Phillies have activated Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list before Thursday’s game after he missed time with an elbow impingement.

Jeanmar Gomez will return to the bullpen for Thursday’s game as the Phillies activated him from the disabled list before Thursday’s game. He went on the disabled list May 9 with an elbow impingement.

Adam Morgan was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the third time this season. He actually threw three scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Rockies. In nine total innings in the majors this year, Morgan has a 7.00 ERA with a 1.78 WHIP.

I am somewhat surprised to see Gomez back after just over two weeks. An elbow impingement is not an injury that has an exact timetable to return. With the delicate nature of throwing elbows, I wouldn’t have been shocked to see Gomez miss significant time.

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Gomez threw a bullpen session May 18 and threw another one earlier this week. He clearly felt good enough to come back to the bullpen even without a rehab assignment.

In nine appearances before hitting the disabled list, Gomez had a 7.94 ERA and 1.765 WHIP. He allowed four home runs in 11.1 innings.

Gomez started the season as the team’s closer.

However, after giving up two home runs and five runs as well as blowing a save in his first three outings, manager Pete Mackanin decided to move onto another closer. With just four wins in the last 24 games, the Phils haven’t needed a closer.

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Over three seasons in Philadelphia, Gomez has a 4.19 ERA, 1.416 WHIP, and 2.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 144 games.

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