The Phillies announced today that young, hard-throwing starting pitcher Vince Velasquez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain. Velasquez’s injury occurred on Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Velasquez faced only one batter and threw two pitches in the mid-80s, which is about 10 mph slower than his normal fastball.
Relief pitcher Luis Garcia has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Velasquez’s spot on the roster until another starting pitcher is needed.
The Phillies also announced today that RHP prospect Zach Eflin will start in place of Velasquez and make his Major League debut Tuesday in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Eflin has spent the entire season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has had a lot of success. Eflin has a 5-2 record with an ERA of 2.90 is 11 starts this year with the IronPigs.
Eflin is a tall, hard-throwing sinker baller that has the ability to reach the mid-90s. Eflin’s secondary pitches include a slider and a changeup that allow a change of speed from his hard, breaking sinker.
Eflin was drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 Draft (33rd overall) by the Padres out of high school. Eflin was acquired during the 2014 offseason in a trade that sent long time Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. Many Phillies fans have been anticipating Eflin’s debut, even though he is only 22 years old, due to his outstanding performance in Triple-A to begin the year.
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