HOUSTON – The Phillies made two changes to their World Series roster Friday before Game 1.

They traded pitcher Nick Nelson for lefty Bailey Folter and added a bat in Nick Mayton for outfielder Dalton Guthrie.

Folter was the ill-fated starter in Game 4 of the NLCS, allowing four earned runs over two-thirds of an inning in his only postseason appearance. The Phillies have five starting pitchers, Kyle Gibson and Noah Syndergaard can start the fourth game, and manager Rob Thomson has yet to take advantage of the length afforded by an extra starter in the bullpen this postseason.

Instead, they’ll have Nelson to do it as a more conventional long man. Nelson was on the NLDS roster but did not appear. He went 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 68.2 innings pitched in 47 appearances this season.

“They’re right-handed dominant, both offensively and pitching in the bullpen, so it made sense to me to add a righty when we took Bailey off,” manager Rob Thomson said. “And I said to Bailey, this has nothing to do with you. He had a start against the Padres, very rusty, a bunch of off days. And he’s been so valuable to us all year.”


Mayton gives the Phillies another left-handed at-bat against an Astros team that has been without a lefty that has had no righty relief all postseason. (Dusty Baker reversed course on Friday, adding former Brave Will Smith.)

Maton was on the roster for the Wild Card Series, but did not appear in any games in St. Louis. He is batting .250 with five homers in 85 games this season.

Guthrie took his place in the division and championship series with one game against Atlanta.