When the Phillies rolled out their first four pitchers to begin the second-half of the series, Aaron Nola was not included as part of the rotation. Nola has been out on the COVID-19 list, which forced him to miss his last start on Sunday against the Red Sox.

Today Phillies manager Joe Girardi said that Nola will pitch when the Phillies face the Yankees on Tuesday.

Nola has been up-and-down all season, but he is still a key part of the Phillies rotation, so getting him back would be a huge key to the Phillies making a second-half playoff push.

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In 18 games this season he has a 4.53 ERA and 1.21 WHIP to go along with his 6-5 record.

Nola was throwing before Friday game against the Marlins, a good sign that he is feeling fine and will be ready to go on Tuesday.

Phillies Interested in Byron Buxton?

In other news, the Phillies could also be interested in adding some help at the trade deadline, as we wrote about earlier today.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network the Phillies "would be at or near the front of the line," if Twins outfielder Byron Buxton became available at the deadline.

The 27-year old Twins slugger is having an amazing season for Minnesota, hitting .369 with 21 runs scored, 10 homers, 19 RBI and five steals.

The one major issue with Buxton has been injuries and what the Phillies might have to give up to get him.  It appears the Phillies aren't willing to give up young pitcher Mick Abel or shortstop prospect Bryson Stott in a trade.

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