It has been less than a week since the Phillies made a major rotation upgrade, and already there are chinks in the solidified pitching staff.
Eickhoff out 6 to 8 weeks w lat strain.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) March 16, 2018
This is a bigger blow for long term implications that it is for the Phillies in the immediate future. This is a similar injury to the one that caused Eickhoff to miss time last year. After the 2016 season, it looked like Eickhoff might be a 180-200 innings workhorse, and now there are real questions about his ability to stay healthy. With Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta in the rotation the Phillies were already going to be in need of innings from their bullpen, this opens up a larger burden on the pen to cover innings this year, and potentially in the future. It is also fair to worry about what Eickhoff’s success will be when he gets back on the mound. Continue reading…