Ex-Phillie Vince Velasquez to make Padres debut Friday in St. Louis

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Vince Velasquez, whose six-year tenure with the Phillies ended when he was designated for assignment and subsequently released last week, didn’t take long to resurface, joining the Padres Wednesday on a minor-league deal. Velasquez will reportedly make his Padres debut Friday night in St. Louis.

Acquired from the Astros in a blockbuster trade sending closer Ken Giles to Houston (where he would ultimately win a World Series in 2017), Velasquez never quite panned out with the Phils, compiling a frustrating 4.93 ERA over 133 outings including 116 starts for Philadelphia. Ironically, his best performance during that span came against the Padres in 2016, notching a career-high 16 strikeouts (one shy of the franchise mark set by Art Mahaffey in 1961) in a three-hit shutout.

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