NUMB RIGHT INDEX FINGER CAUSED PHILS TO SCRATCH VINNY VELO

By Sam Bush

Phils starter Vince Velasquez was a late scratch for last night’s Marlina game because of numb right index finger.

David Hale (0-1, 5.09 ERA) got the call on short notice.

Velasquez (1-0, 3.68) allowed one run in each of his last three starts, pitching at least 5 1/3 innings in each of those.

He returned to the dugout about 30 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start and Hale immediately started warming up in the bullpen.

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