Morgan to start in place of Nola on Thursday

Morgan to start in place of Nola on Thursday

Adam Morgan will take the mound Thursday for the Phillies when they open their final series of the first half in Denver.

Morgan, a left-hander, will make a spot start against the Rockies in place of Aaron Nola. The Phillies announced earlier in the week Nola would skip his final start before the All-Star break.

Morgan has made 11 starts this season, but he was moved to the bullpen last month when righty Vince Velasquez was activated from the disabled list.

The 26-year-old has a 6.31 ERA in 13 appearances totalling 61 1/3 innings. He last pitched on Saturday, when he allowed one run over three innings of relief against the Royals in a game started by Nola.

Nola, in his second year in the Majors, has hit a wall in the last month. The young right-hander is 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA in his last five starts and has not lasted longer than five innings in any of those outings.

He started the season with a 2.65 ERA through his first 12 starts, but his season mark has risen to 4.69 since June 5. Nola will pitch a simulated game in Colorado before the Phillies head into the All-Star break.

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.