Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up

After Monday night s rain soaked blowout loss, the Phillies bullpen seems to be a bit depleted.

With that in mind, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Jake Thompson from Triple A and optioned reliever Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley.

After a lengthy rain delay cut short Vince Velasquez s start, the Phils bullpen was charged with six innings of work in the 13 4 loss. Pinto, responsible for five of the runs, tossed 1 1/3 innings as play resumed in the fourth inning.

He may not be down for long Brett Oberholtzer Jersey, though, as the Phils have an off day Thursday to recover.

Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up. He s struggled mightily this year in Lehigh Valley. The 23 year old who came over in the Cole Hamels trade, is 4 11 with a 5.36 ERA. He s given up 107 hits in 94 innings pitched, as well as 36 walks on the year — one less than he gave up in 129 2/3 innings in 2016.

However, Thompson is already on the 40 man roster and has not pitched since going seven strong innings of two run ball on July 20.