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Phils recall De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Phils recall De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Justin De Fratus rejoined the Phillies on Sunday, when the club placed Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

De Fratus had a 7.20 ERA in four appearances before being optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on April 13. He posted a 4.50 ERA in 15 appearances with the IronPigs.

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Why recall De Fratus?

"We wanted to go to 13 pitchers anyway," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies had been short a man in the bullpen since they placed right-hander Luis Garcia on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained forearm.

"We could have gone with some other guys," Amaro said. "He's got the experience, right now."

Right-hander Ken Giles remains on the minds of Phillies fans. He is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in six appearances since a promotion from Double-A Reading. He has allowed three hits, one run, five walks and has struck out five in eight innings.

"Giles is doing well," Amaro said. "He's still a guy that we'll continue to monitor. When he's ready, we'll bring him."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Zo Zone. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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