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Reliever Edubray Ramos is reportedly set to join the Phillies in San Francisco and will likely make his major league debut this weekend

The Phillies bullpen has been pretty well overworked during their recent skid and the team is in need of some fresh arms. With that in mind, there is a report that quotes Edubray Ramos as confirming that he's going to the majors and will join the Phillies in San Francisco.

UPDATE: Ramos was recalled by the Phillies on Friday, June 24 when RHP Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury.

The Phillies snapped their nine-game losing streak Thursday afternoon in Minnesota, but the bullpen still had to come up with three innings of relief to preserve the win. With starters not pitching deep into games, and Andrew Bailey likely to miss at least a few days with a possible groin injury, the Phillies have reportedly summoned Edubray Ramos from Lehigh Valley to join the team in San Francisco for their weekend series there.

The report was first released the Spanish language site El Carobobeno and quotes Ramos as giving confirmation of being added to the Phillies roster. 

"Pretty happy," said Ramos of news of heading to the majors. "I was asked how I felt the arm and if I was ready to pitch in the big leagues."

Ramos, 23, opened the season with Double-A Reading and moved up to Lehigh Valley after posting a 2.40 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Fightin' Phils. Ramos continued to add to his success in his 15 games with the IronPigs, allowing just one earned run in 23 2/3 innings [0.38 ERA] and recording three saves. On the season, Ramos has a 1.16 ERA, a 2-1 record, 10 saves and has struck out 41 batters, while walking just four in 38 2/3 innings of work. Over five minor league seasons, Ramos has a career mark of 12-13 with 31 saves and an ERA of 2.93 in 134 games, including six starts early in his career.

Ramos is already on the 40-man roster, but the Phillies will need to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for the right-hander. If Bailey's injury will keep him out of action longer than a couple days, he could be placed on the DL. Another possibility would be to option Adam Morgan back to Lehigh Valley in anticipation of activating Vincent Velasquez from the DL to start on Monday, when the Phillies would need to make another move to fit Velasquez back on the roster. Another starter who could be optioned out would be Zach Eflin, who was recalled when Velasquez went on the DL, but manager Pete Mackanin admitted Thursday that he has been "disappointed" in how Morgan has pitched since joining the Phillies.

Ramos was originally signed by St. Louis and pitched for them in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2010, but didn't pitch in either of the next two seasons before being signed by the Phillies.

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