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Dodgers News: Evan Phillips Expected to Rejoin Team in Pittsburgh Today

The Dodgers are set to get a bullpen weapon back this afternoon in Pittsburgh as Evan Phillips is expected to be activated before first pitch. Phillips was placed on the paternity list on Thursday as he and wife Elizabeth welcomed their first baby. A report on Twitter made for an uncomfortable few hours for Dodger fans as it was discovered the right-handed pitcher was placed on the bereavement list on Sunday, which is usually reserved for players who have lost a loved one.

As it turns out, the move (as hoped) was more procedural to buy Phillips more time away to spend with his family. Here’s a report from NBC Sports from Monday morning.

Under league rules, players can only be on the paternity leave list for three days, so Phillips has been shifted to the bereavement list to spend some extra time away from the team with his family. The 28-year-old is expected to rejoin the Dodgers on Tuesday for their series opener against the Pirates.

Via NBC Sports

Speaking with reporters on Sunday, manager Dave Roberts confirmed the plan to activate Phillips then as well.

Roster Shuffle

  • As Phillips returns, Brusdar Graterol will take his place heading out on paternity leave. Graterol will also be welcoming his first child with his wife, Allison. The Bazooka has been one of LA’s best relievers of late, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings over his last 6 appearances. On the season the right-hander has a 2.53 ERA.
  • Joining Graterol is National League Player of the Week Max Muncy who is heading home to welcome his second baby. In his place, the club will call on top infield prospect Michael Busch who has hit well this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Clint Pasillas

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