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Adam Morgan started Sunday for the Phillies, but left in the fourth inning when he was struck by a line drive.

After pitching well with Lehigh Valley, left-hander Adam Morgan returned to the majors optimistic that he would be able to stick in the team's rotation. In his fourth inning of work, a line drive ended his day.

The rash of injuries to Phillies starting pitchers continued Sunday when Adam Morgan was hit on the left forearm by a line drive off the bat of Nick Hundley. After being examined by the team trainer, Morgan exited the game and was later diagnosed with a forearm contusion.

Morgan threw three innings, allowing five hits and a walk that resulted in two earned runs, one of which scored after he exited.

Charlie Morton went down with an injury back in April and is done for the season, Aaron Nola (elbow strain) and Zach Eflin (patellar tendinitis) are both on the DL and their return late in the season is unlikely. Then, Jeremy Hellickson left his last start with lower back stiffness and his next start was pushed back to Saturday.

If Morgan does wind up on the DL, it's likely that David Buchanan would be next up to the Phillies rotation. Ironically, Phil Klein, who made an emergency start in the majors when Nola went on the DL, threw eight shutout innings for Lehigh Valley Sunday, striking out a career-high 11 hitters. Klein could also get some consideration should Morgan be forced to the DL. With an off-day on Monday, the Phillies could move their rotation around slightly to give Morgan a couple of extra days to recover, if necessary.

The Phillies went on to win Sunday's game 7-6 over the Colorado Rockies to sweep the series and give themselves a four-game winning streak for the first time since early July. Reliever Severino Gonzalez (1-2) threw two innings to get the win for Philadelphia. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a shaky ninth inning, giving up two runs, to notch his 31st save. 

The Dodgers come into Citizens Bank Park starting Tuesday, for a three-game series.

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