Philadelphia Phillies Reveal Role For Newly Signed Versatile Pitcher

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson has recently confirmed plans to utilize relief pitcher Matt Strahm in a multi-inning role as the season begins.

Originally expected to serve as a setup man after signing a two-year, $15 million contract during the offseason, Strahm's role has now shifted to handling multiple innings from the bullpen.

Thomson informed Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer that Strahm, who is starting Friday's spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays, will be built up to pitch three innings by the end of spring training.

With prior experience as a starter, including 16 starts for the San Diego Padres in 2019, Strahm appears well-suited for this new role.  

The primary challenge for the Phillies will be helping Strahm readjust to pitching multiple innings in relief, allowing him to contribute significantly throughout the season. 

Entering his eighth major-league season, the 31-year-old has compiled a 3.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, with 325 strikeouts across 304.2 innings and 207 games.
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