Nola to undergo MRI due to back spasms

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Pivetta (0-1, 3.60 ERA) gave up two runs and nine hits over five innings against the Dodgers in his Major League debut Sunday. The right-hander is ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Phillies’ No. 12 prospect.

Pivetta's first career strikeout

Nola threw a simulated three innings on Monday at Wrigley Field with a break in between each 15-pitch set. According to Mackanin, Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said Nola was a little tentative through the first two sets but that the third one was fine. Nola felt a spasm in his lower back later, which gave the Phillies reason for concern.

Mackanin said the Phillies wouldn’t take any chances with the injury and that Nola will be re-evaluated after they receive the MRI results.

“He’s been showing signs of getting better, but there’s still a little something there that we have to make sure we get a look at it,” Mackanin said.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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