Phillies Pitching Roster Moves
As expected, Vince Velasquez is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an injury described as a right biceps strain. The immediate diagnosis is encouraging:
Pete said Velasquez' MRI was pretty clean. Said shut down is precautionary. Phils will bring up starter for Tuesday game.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 10, 2016
Given Velasquez’s significant history of health concerns, an overabundance of caution was to be expected. Hopefully the reports are accurate and the injury is a minor one which can be treated with rest. However, there has not yet been a timetable given for his return to the major league mound.
Velasquez’s open spot on the roster will be filled in the short-term with the return of The Barber. Right-handed reliever Luis Garcia was recalled today from Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has posted a 2.77 ERA and 23.2 K% in 26 innings of work. Unfortunately, his struggles with free passes have continued as evidenced by his 12.0 BB%. In his brief call-up earlier this season, he pitched one shutout inning for the Phillies before shipping back up the Northeast Extension.
The Phillies will need to make another roster move when Velasquez’s rotation spot comes up on Tuesday and the newest member of the Phillies rotation has already been announced:
RHP Zach Eflin will start for the #Phillies on Tuesday, 6/14 at Toronto.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 10, 2016
Eflin was acquired by the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins trade in December 2014. He is just 22 years old and off to a tremendous start in Triple-A: 11 GS, 2.90 ERA, 20.9 K%, 4.2 BB%, 0.88 WHIP. When he joins the rotation, he’ll become the second youngest starting pitcher in the National League behind Dodgers’ wunderkind, Julio Urias. Eflin will represent the first of what has the potential to be a long string of exciting in-season prospect promotions throughout the summer in Philadelphia.
When Eflin joins the club, one of the relievers will need to be optioned out. Garcia is the obvious candidate to head back to Lehigh Valley, but Colton Murray is another option.