The Phillies have not gotten the type of production from Joely Rodriguez that one might expect from a club's only left-handed reliever.  After yesterday's loss to the Texas Rangers, the Phillies optioned starter Nick Pivetta to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  The Phillies turned to a familiar face for his replacement: left-handed pitcher Adam Morgan.

This may be a matter of ease more than it is anything else.  Morgan was optioned to Triple-A after two appearances and compiling a 10.50 earned run average.  Down at Lehigh Valley he was not much better.  Morgan made 10 appearances, going 0-1 with a 6.08 earned run average.

The Phillies will have to make another roster move before Aaron Nola makes his scheduled start Sunday in Pittsburgh.  As we wrote yesterday, pitchers Pat Venditte and Hoby Milner have not given up a run so far in the 2017 season and both can pitch from the left side, but the Phillies would have to clear some 40-man roster space first.

Maybe the Phillies will clear some space on the 40-man roster later, but for now, the Phillies turned to the only reliever on the 40-man roster not currently in the Major Leagues.

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