The Phillies added a 12th pitcher to their roster Wednesday by recalling lefthander Raul Valdes from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 34-year-old replaced catcher Erik Kratz on the 25-man roster.
Valdes, 34, spent nearly a month with the Phillies before his demotion and pitched in 11 games. He allowed only three earned runs in 12 2/3 innings and struck out 13 against one walk.
He was demoted almost two weeks ago because the Phillies wanted to add a righty to their bullpen. But adding Valdes makes for four lefties in the group again.
After being optioned, he continued to pitch well for the IronPigs. He struck out 10 in six innings without allowing a run.
It'll be interesting to see if Valdes pitches in higher-leverage situations during this stint, something he did not do much of last time despite his effectiveness.
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