Phillies place Victor Arano on disabled list with shoulder strain

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22: Victor Arano #64 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the ninth inning during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on April 22, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-2 in 11 innings. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22: Victor Arano #64 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the ninth inning during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on April 22, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-2 in 11 innings. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies had to place one of their pleasant surprises from the early season, reliever Victor Arano, on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.

Just when things seemed to be going so well for Victor Arano this year, it all came to a screeching halt Monday. The Phillies placed Arano on the disabled list prior to Monday’s game against the Marlins due to a strained right rotator cuff.

Arano has been one of Philadelphia’s best relievers so far this season. In 10 outings, he allowed just one run, striking out 13 batters while walking just three. Only Tommy Hunter has a lower ERA so far this year, and he only came back recently.

Arano had a streak of 32 consecutive batters retired dating back to last season. That streak was finally broken April 22, eight appearances into the season. It wasn’t until Arano’s ninth outing of the season when he allowed his first run.

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Arano joins Pat Neshek and Mark Leiter as the third reliever currently on the disabled list. Starters Jerad Eickhoff and Ben Lively are also out.

The good news is that Arano shouldn’t be out for long. The team isn’t worried about the strain, calling it mild. He had an MRI Monday before rejoining the team in Miami. He is not expected to undergo any other tests. Arano will be re-evaluated as soon as this weekend in Washington according to Scott Lauber of Philly.com.

Arano’s replacement in the bullpen will be Zac Curtis, who was called up after Jake Thompson was optioned to Triple-A.

Arano being placed on the disabled list cleared a spot on the 25-man roster for Zach Eflin to be called up, who will replace the injured Lively in the rotation.

In nine appearances for the IronPigs, Curtis posted a 2.61 ERA, 3.83 fielding-independent pitching, and 1.16 WHIP. He struck out 12 batters and walked five in 10.1 innings.

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Before Curtis was recalled, Adam Morgan was the only lefty in the bullpen. He was left alone after Hoby Milner was sent down to Lehigh Valley. Adding Curtis to the mix gives manager Gabe Kapler another lefty when he needs one.