Phillies place Jojo Romero on injured list, Archie Bradley inching towards return

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Phillies lose key reliever to injury as another nears return originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

While one Phillies reliever is getting close to returning from the injured list another has joined him.

The team placed lefty JoJo Romero on the injured list with a left elbow sprain before Thursday afternoon’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Phils recalled lefty Ranger Suarez from Triple A to take Romero’s spot.

The Phillies will open a nine-game road trip Friday night in Atlanta. By the time they get home on May 18, they could have Archie Bradley back from the IL. The right-handed reliever went on the IL on April 11 with a left oblique strain.

“It’s feeling a lot better,” he said Thursday.

Bradley said the plan was for him to get some work in Triple A games while the big club is on the road. If all goes well, he believes he’ll be ready to go when the team returns.

Bradley’s recovery was set back about a week when he came down with a head cold last week. He did not have COVID-19, but because of strict protocols was not allowed to come in for treatment while he was ill.

He’s better now.

“I was actually (throwing) off a mound the other day just to test some things,” he said.

Bradley was the Phillies’ big bullpen addition this winter. He signed a one-year, $6 million contract. Entering Thursday, the Phils had played 15 one-run games, including seven in a row. The Phils had won three in a row, with the bullpen figuring large.

Watching has not been easy on Bradley.

“It has been really tough, man,” he said. “I take what I do very personally. I want to win. I was brought here to pitch and help win.

"I've been sitting inside watching a lot of games go by where I would've been a huge part in these games. I'm one player. We've done a great job. But I definitely think I make a difference. Having to sit inside and watch some of these games go by has been very, very tough, especially for me. I haven't been on the IL since my rookie year. This is foreign territory for me.”

It's unclear how long Romero will be out. His fastball velocity has been down this season.

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