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Phillies place Aaron Nola on 10-day DL

Nola is only expected to miss 1-2 starts with a lower back strain.

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The Phillies have placed right-handed starter Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a lower back strain.

Nola, 23, felt some soreness in his lower back during his most recent start last Thursday against the Mets. He tried to throw a regularly-scheduled side session on Sunday only to have it flare up again. Philadelphia won’t take any chances with its young right-hander, and Nick Pivetta is expected to be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and get the start on Wednesday.

According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Nola is only expected to miss 1-2 starts, so this isn’t a long-term concern. Nola has battled some injury issues of late, missing the final two months of last season with an elbow injury that didn’t require surgery. The Phillies had some concern with his elbow early in spring training.

Through three starts this season, Nola has tossed 16 innings and is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA, though his FIP of 2.98 suggests he’s pitched far better. He’s struck out 15 and walked six.