All righty then: Phillies demote only lefty pitcher

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Zac Curtis, left, and catcher Andrew Knapp meet after the team's 11-3 win in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have demoted their only left-handed pitcher, optioning reliever Zac Curtis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalling right-hander Jake Thompson.

The move Thursday left the Phillies with 13 right-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster. Philadelphia hasn’t had a left-handed starter since Adam Morgan on Sept. 28, 2016. Morgan, now a reliever, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a back strain.

Curtis allowed two runs and three hits with three walks in two innings Wednesday in the Phillies’ 11-3 win over San Francisco.

Thompson has a 7.27 ERA in three big league appearances this season.

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