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Phillies acquire lefthanded reliever Luis Avilan in trade with White Sox

The 29-year-old has held lefthanded batters to a .214 batting average this season.

Luis Avilan is joining the Phillies.
Luis Avilan is joining the Phillies.Read moreNuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

The Phillies addressed their need for a lefthanded reliever Wednesday afternoon by acquiring Luis Avilan from the White Sox.

Avilan had a 3.86 ERA in 39 2/3 innings with Chicago. The 29-year-old held lefthanded batters to a .214 batting average, .564 OPS, and no homers in 77 at-bats. Since May 21, he has limited lefthanders to a .136 average and no extra-base hits.

The Phillies have had just one lefthander, Adam Morgan, in their bullpen with Austin Davis (lower back tightness) and Aaron Loup (left forearm strain) on the disabled list.

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The Phillies sent the White Sox 23-year-old righthander Felix Paulino, who had a 3.91 ERA in 31 games this season working both as a starter and reliever with high-A Clearwater and double-A Reading.

Jose Taveras was designated for assignment to make room for Avilan on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old returned to double-A Reading last week after missing most of the season with a strained right shoulder.