The Phillies have lost one of their relievers from summer camp to the Red Sox
Amid the current Philadelphia Phillies bullpen situation being anything but solidified, the club has lost one of its summer camp relievers, who did not make the Opening Day roster, from the waiver wire. On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox announced that they have claimed RHP Robert Stock off waivers from the Phillies and have optioned him to their alternate training site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Phillies had designated Stock for assignment ahead of last Thursday’s noon deadline to submit their 30-man season-opening roster. Shortstop prospect Arquimedes Gamboa was also designated off the 40-man roster to make room for infielder Phil Gosselin.
Stock, 30, joined the Phillies last October the same way the Red Sox added him on Sunday — via waivers; the San Diego Padres designated him for assignment after two seasons on the team (2018-19).
Stock appeared in just 10 games last season with the Padres due to placement on the 60-day injured list with strained right biceps. Over 10 2/3 innings, the right-hander allowed 14 hits, 14 runs (12 earned), two home runs and eight walks, while striking out 15 of his 56 batters faced.
According to The Athletic, Stock had an average fastball velocity of 97.9 miles per hour in 2019 — which was harder than any Phillies reliever’s in the last of two seasons under manager Gabe Kapler.
During his rookie season in 2018, the hard-throwing right-hander posted a 1-1 record, 2.50 ERA, 38-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 1.261 WHIP spanning 32 relief appearances, six of which he finished the game.
Earlier this year down in spring training in Clearwater, Stock dealt with right forearm tightness, underwent tests, and was shut down.
The Phillies are scheduled to oppose the Red Sox four times this season — two games on the road August 18-19 at the historic Fenway Park, followed by two games at home, Sept. 8-9.