Phillies: Potential bullpen options from the 40-man roster
By Bryce Turner
Once healthy, Víctor Arano should get a shot with the Phillies
Víctor Arano is currently working his way back from a shoulder injury, which sidelined him for much of last season. The latest report from Lehigh Valley is that he’s throwing regularly, but has struggled to regain velocity.
The right-handed pitcher appeared in six games between the majors and AAA last season before his injury, giving up two earned runs off of two hits and two walks in 4.2 innings with the Phillies, while surrendering only a walk in four innings of no-hit baseball with AAA Lehigh Valley.
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Arano made his major league debut as a September call-up in 2017, posting a 1-0 record, 1.69 ERA and 0.938 WHIP in 10 games. He continued to produce impressive results in 2018, with a 1-2 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.197 WHIP in 60 games.
While his lengthy injury absence could be cause for concern, he’s done well in a relatively short amount of MLB action and would be a good option to add to the active roster when he becomes available.
It’s important not to rush him along too fast, but as the Phillies get desperate for reliable relievers, why not give him a chance in a game where the team is winning or trailing by a large margin?