The Phillies Newest Member
The former Chicago Cubs pitcher was designated for assignment on February 1. He lost his on the 40-man roster due to the official signing of Hector Neris. The 29-year-old reliever played three seasons with the Cubs. Rucker put up a 4.96 ERA and 120:50 K:BB covering 123.1 innings.
Since his debut with Chicago in 2021, he has 68 ER/12.1 IP in 96 career major league relief appearances.
To add Rucker to the 40-man, the Phillies designated fellow right-hander Andrew Bellatti for assignment. Bellatti pitched 27 games and saw 24.2 innings of action.
He had a 2023 record of 1-0, 5.11 ERA, and 4.4 BB/9. He suffered an injury in April 2023 and bounced between the minors and majors after that. Bellatti saw a declining strikeout rate in 2022 and gave up both base hits and home runs at a higher rate than the season prior.
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