Phillies Rule 5 Pick Daniel Stumpf Suspended 80 Games
The Phillies received some disappointing news in their bullpen today, as reliever Daniel Stumpf was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for a violation of the joint drug agreement. Stumpf was taken as a Rule 5 pick by the Phillies this offseason from the Kansas City Royals and made his Major League Debut on Opening Day.
The Phillies issued a succinct statement in reaction to the news:
"The Phillies support Major League Baseball's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today's news of Daniel's violation."
Stumpf appeared in three games in the 2016 thus far.
To replace Stumpf on the Major League roster, the Phillies recalled left-handed reliever Elvis Araujo. Araujo has one appearance thus far in the 2016 season for the IronPigs, pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief of Mark Appel in the second game of Tuesday's double-header against the Rochester Red Wings. Araujo earned the save, allowing no hits and striking out two, walking one.