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Phillies option Mark Leiter Jr to Triple-A

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. (59) prepares to pitch during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs on May 2, 2017, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
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The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned right-handed pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following the team’s loss on Monday night to the Miami Marlins. A corresponding move was not announced at the time, but the team will be have an open roster spot prior to Tuesday’s game.

Leiter earned the loss on Monday against the Marlins, pitching the 10th inning and allowing the walk-off single to Dee Gordon that gave Miami the 6-5 victory. He walked two batters and allowed two hits while recording two outs, earning his second loss of the season with Philadelphia and watching his ERA rise to 4.25 on the year.

It was the 16th appearance of the season for Leiter, who has spent the majority of the year on the major league roster for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old has made just five appearances at Triple-A in his career, all of which have come this season. Down with Lehigh Valley, he owns a 1-0 record with a 4.74 ERA, having recorded 27 strikeouts in 19 innings of work.

His professional career began when the Phillies selected him in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. A Toms River, N.J., product, Leiter has stayed local and moved his way up through the ranks with Philadelphia, primarily as a starter.

Of his 98 career minor league appearances, 72 have come as starts. He has made three starts this year as a member of the Phillies, winning and tossing a quality start back on June 23 in what was his first MLB start.

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