The Phils need the righthander to be a once-every-five-days injection of stability to the pitching staff.
The righthander went seven strong innings, but the Phils lost for the 17th time in 21 games.
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For five minutes Saturday night, after another Phillies loss he started, Vince Velasquez unloaded weeks of frustration.
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
- Simon and Garfunkel
NEW YORK - Joltin' Joe was back in center field in the big city Friday night.
Or maybe it...
The Phillies have not won back-to-back games since the end of April.
The pitcher missed a month with a sore lower back.
The pitcher injured his lower hip while batting.
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The third baseman is batting .216. He can work his way back up, manager Pete Mackanin said.
Nick Pivetta could not last through the fifth inning. Then Joely Rodriguez gave up seven runs.
The team expects the 18-year-old to return after some rest and a few bullpen sessions.
Jeremy Hellickson has gone from a guy you rooted for to pitch well for value’s sake to a guy you tune in to watch, so suspect are the other options.