Zach Eflin Injured and Tonight’s Phillies Starting Lineup
The Phillies will get Aaron Nola back on the mound tonight for the first time in two weeks against the New York Yankees. With tonight’s starting lineup, the Phillies also announced that Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-Day Injured List with tendinitis in his right knee.
This is the same type of injury that Zach Eflin has battled throughout his career. He had surgery on both knees to alleviate the pain in 2016. Eflin’s injury will be retro to July 17th, meaning he would would really only miss one start if everything goes as planned.
Losing Eflin is tough for a Phillies team that is now 7-3 in their last 10 games and only 2.5 games out of first place in the National League East. On the season, Eflin is 4-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 18 starts. He started the season by pitching at least six innings in 10 straight starts and has done that in 14 of 18 starts this year.
With a lingering injury, the Phillies could now be interested in making a stronger push to get starting pitching before the trade deadline. Cole Hamels is on the table and the organization would have to look elsewhere to find help. Depth in the minor leagues continues to be an issue for the Phillies. It’s possible that lefty Cristopher Sanchez, who took Eflin’s spot on the roster, will make start for the Phillies if needed.
First things first, Aaron Nola on the mound tonight. Let’s get a win and move further away from the dreaded .500 spot we’ve been stuck in all season.