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Report: Phillies Sign RHP John Curtiss to Minor-League Deal

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Edubray Ramos may have returned from the injured list on Wednesday, yet the Philadelphia Phillies still are exploring bullpen options being currently without Victor Arano, Seranthony Dominguez, Tommy Hunter, Adam Morgan, Pat Neshek, and David Robertson.

On Wednesday, the club agreed to a minor-league contract with RHP John Curtiss, according to Roster Roundup.

Curtiss, 26, has made 18 relief appearances in his career — 17 with the Minnesota Twins between 2017 and 2018, and one this season with the Los Angeles Angels. Combined, Curtiss is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.615 WHIP and 18-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio spanning 17 1/3 innings.

Similar to the Phillies' Austin Davis, Curtis has shuffled between Angels' roster and Triple-A Salt Lake this season, albeit appearing in just one MLB game. More recently, the Angels optioned the right-hander back to Triple-A on June 2, and designated him for assignment a day later. On June 6, Curtiss elected free agency, rather than accepting a minor-league assignment. Curtis was previously designated for assignment by the Angels in late April.

While in college at the University of Texas at Austin, Curtiss had both thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and Tommy John surgery. The Dallas, Texas, native's signing came just days after the Phillies reached a similar low-risk, minor-league deal with veteran RHP Fernando Salas


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