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Philadelphia Phillies acquire pitcher Erich Uelmen from Cubs

Aug 31, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Erich Uelmen (46) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired pitcher Erich Uelmen from the Chicago Cubs, who had designated the right-hander for assignment to open a roster spot for Drew Smyly.

The Cubs will receive cash considerations in the deal formally completed on Wednesday.

Phillies president Dave Dombrowski announced the corresponding move to open a spot on the 40-man roster, designating right-hander Vinny Nittoli for assignment.

Uelmen was a fourth-round pick in 2017 and manager David Ross praised his sinker-slider combination in spring training last year. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment on Christmas Eve when the Cubs officially re-signed Smyly.

Uelmen made his MLB debut last season against the Phillies, allowing a pinch-hit ninth-inning home run to Darick Hall in Chicago’s 15-2 victory.

He was called up in July and posted a record of 2-1 with one save, 21 strikeouts, 12 walks and a 4.67 ERA in 25 relief appearances over 27 innings.

–Field Level Media