Phillies get Hale from Yankees to help struggling bullpen

ATLANTA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Hale on Friday from the New York Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen, sending back righty relief prospect Addison Russ.

Hale has appeared in 95 games over six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. He has allowed two earned runs and made one save in six innings this season. He was designated for assignment Monday when All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman returned from the COVID-19 injured list.

Phillies relievers have combined for an 8.07 ERA this season, the worst in the majors by nearly two runs.

Hale was not expected to join Philadelphia for its game Friday night at Atlanta but should be available in the bullpen Saturday.

Philadelphia also placed left-hander Jose Alvarez on the 10-day injured list Friday with a testicular contusion and recalled lefty JoJo Romero from the team’s alternate site.

The 25-year-old Russ has been working out at Philadelphia’s alternate site and hasn’t pitched above Double-A. He has a 2.48 ERA and 50 saves over three minor league seasons, including a 2.54 ERA and 22 saves with Double-A Reading last season.

Russ was added to New York’s 60-man roster and assigned to the alternate site.

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