VINNY VS. PINETTA: PHILS WILL PICK ONE TO START NEXT TUESDAY

By Sam Bush

The Phils have a good problem:

Trying to fit two returning pitchers in their starting rotation.

Nick Pivetta (above) or Vince Velasquez will return to the starting rotation on Tuesday to replace Cole Irvin who was optioned to triple A.

Velasquez, on the injured list with a strained forearm, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he wants to rejoin the rotation instead of being transitioned to the bullpen. It was his rotation spot that Irvin filled earlier this month when Velasquez hit the injured list.

“Competition is a really good thing for our clubhouse. It’s a really good thing for our team,” manager Gabe Kapler told the Inky. “It elevates the game of our pitchers.”

“We know that Cole is going to work on his craft and be even better when he comes back up,” Kapler said.

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