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Drew Smyly agrees with Phillies, pending physical

In this April 19, 2019 photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)
In this April 19, 2019 photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)
Associated Press

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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