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Phillies place Brad Hand on disabled list, call Chris Devenski

One of the Phillies’ high-leverage relievers hit the shelf just before their final regular-season home game on Sunday as Brad Hand was placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow tendonitis .

Veteran reliever Chris Devenski had his contract selected from Triple A to join the Phillies’ active roster in place of Hand. Devenski was an All-Star and the Astros’ setup man in 2017. He had a 2.38 ERA in 189 innings in his first two major league seasons before several years of injuries and underperformance.

At his best, Devenski can keep batters away with a nasty change, by far his best pitch.

Devenski, 31, made 10 appearances for the Diamondbacks earlier this season before being released Aug. 27. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract two days later.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Devenski, the Phillies designated utility Johan Camargo, who had fallen behind Nick Maton and Yairo Muñoz on the organizational depth chart, for assignment.

Hand, who signed a one-year, $6 million contract, played 55 games with the Phillies. He has a 2.80 ERA but has been hit lately, allowing nine runs and 17 base runners in his last 8⅓ innings.

He is one of several key relievers for the Phillies who has faded over time. Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson had faultless outings on Saturday but struggled in September. Dominguez allowed seven earned runs while recording three outs in his two previous appearances, while Robertson walked six and allowed five runs in his final 8⅔ innings.

Jose Alvarado is currently the Phillies’ most reliable reliever. He’s been scored in just three of his last 36 appearances, performing better with better control. Alvarado struck out 53 while walking only 10 without hitting a batter in those 31⅓ innings.

Zach Eflin has also started to emerge as a late-inning relief option. He has made four appearances out of the bullpen since returning from a nearly three-month stint on the disabled list, allowing just two base runners and no earned runs over 4⅔ innings with six strikeouts .