Nola goes on DL; Pivetta to take spot

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“Aaron experienced soreness in his lower back during his start on Thursday,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in a statement. “After receiving treatment over the last few days, the symptoms improved, but he still felt some tightness during his side session yesterday. Our hope and expectation is that this will not be a lengthy DL placement and that Aaron will miss only one or two starts.”

The transaction is retroactive to Friday, meaning Nola is eligible to be activated on May 1. Nola, 23, is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts. He spent most of the second half of last season on the DL with an injured right elbow, but so far the elbow has been fine.

Nola was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Pivetta will start Wednesday, unless Tuesday’s game is postponed because of rain. If Tuesday’s game is not played, Pivetta’s debut likely will be pushed to Sunday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Pivetta has walked just two and struck out 24 in 19 innings.

“Very crisp breaking ball, location has been really good,” Klentak said Saturday about Pivetta. “He’s growing up as a pitcher. He’s been pretty outstanding so far through three starts. We’re pretty pleased with that.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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