The Phillies demoted Nick Pivetta following a disappointing start against the Texas Rangers today. The 24-year-old labored through 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing one run, while issuing four walks on 107 pitches. He finished the day with a 5.12 ERA.
Pivetta was originally called up back on April 25 after Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Nola is expected to be activated from the disabled list this weekend with Pivetta going back to Triple-A to work on his command.
The tall, right-hander showed impressive stuff over his four starts featuring a heavy, sinking fastball in the 93-97 mph range. The heat was complimented by a slider and curveball combo with the slider showing good but inconsistent break.
Despite showing a big league caliber pitch mix, Pivetta often got himself into troublesome three-ball counts. In his final 2 and 2/3 innings today, he recorded the first two outs of the inning before losing control of his pitches.
The Phillies' 12th-rated prospect on MLB Pipeline was acquired in the Jonathan Papelbon trade back in 2015. During his time in Triple-A this season, Pivetta had an impressive 0.95 ERA with three wins and no losses over 19 innings pitched.
The Phillies will likely add a bullpen arm to replace Pivetta for the next couple of days until Aaron Nola can officially come off the disabled list.