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Rotowire: Apr 23 / 5:05p ET
News: De Fratus allowed three earned runs on four hits in two innings against the Marlins on Thursday.
Impact: De Fratus entered the game with a 2.57 ERA, but that rose to 5.00 after Thursday's performance. He has an 11:6 K:BB in nine innings this season, and will need to rein those walks in to be effective out of the Phillies' bullpen.
Rotowire: Mar 3 / 4:34p ET
News: De Fratus said he did a more serious long-toss program this offseason to try to add more velocity to his fastball, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: De Fratus saw his fastball velocity drop to 91 mph last season, which was a couple ticks below his 2013 velocity. That didn't harm his numbers, as he finished with a 2.39 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. He'll likely see most of his work in the seventh inning this season.