PITTSBURGH – Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Friday the agreement is pending a successful physical.
Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen.
The 30-year-old Smyly was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in nine starts and four relief appearances this year for Texas, which released him in late June.
Philadelphia starters entered Friday with a 4.62 ERA, 12th in the National League.
Pivetta is 4-4 with a 5.74 ERA in 13 starts this season and has made just one relief appearance in his three-year big league career.
Right-hander Vince Velasquez, originally slated to start Sunday, would be pushed back in the rotation.
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