Instant analysis: Archie Bradley’s injury shakes up the Phillies bullpen

MLB: SEP 03 Nationals at Phillies
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Phillies RP JoJo Romero (79) pitches in the eighth inning during the game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on September 03, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Sunday is a day of rest for many, but not the Philadelphia Phillies. Sitting at the top of the National League with a 5-3 record, the team endured a bump in the road today and had to make a corresponding move as a result. Recently signed pitcher Archie Bradley hit the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.

Bradley was one of the new recruits to the Bullpen this offseason, signing a one-year deal worth $6M after he was allowed to test free agency waters by the Reds. He played in 18.3 innings last year, giving up a 2.95 ERA in the process.

The injury is believed to have been picked up against Atlanta on Saturday after a wobbly outing. Bradley could be out of action until April 21st if he is scheduled to come back after that 10-day window, but details remain minimal at this point so the timeline for his return could be bigger than that.

In his place, the Phillies called up 24-year-old JoJo Romero, who made his debut for the club in 2020 as a reliever. He was locked in a spring battle with Connor Brogdon before being sent down to Triple-A where the aim was to continue to develop him as a potential starter after surprisingly missing he roster cut.

He ended spring training with 8 innings pitched, a 1.04 ERA, and 1.5 WHIP.

“JoJo has a chance to be an elite reliever,” Phillies Head Coach Joe Girrardi was quoted as saying after the move, according to “But I think he has to be more economical [with his pitches]. I think he has to get ahead some more. He’s got really, really good stuff. He’s got three swing-and-miss pitches, but I think there’s still a little bit more that he can do with his command to put him in better positions to be successful.”

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)