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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.