Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Cincinnati.
Phillies fans might remember another pitcher that had the same issue: left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee. Buchholz sustained the forearm injury while throwing a pitch against the Marlins in the third inning Tuesday. And in came Charlie Morton, who tore his hamstring in start No. 4 to bring his Phillies career to a premature end. Eflin got the call to replace the veteran, who the club acquired for a minor leaguer with the hope of trading him in July. He spent time on the disabled list in six of the last 10 seasons. He has made two starts this season, one at high-A Clearwater and another at Lehigh Valley. Mackanin used the term "strained flexor tendon" when describing the injury, which doesn't bode well for Buchholz's future. Considering the seriousness of arm injuries, it shouldn't shock anyone if less than two starts into Buchholz's Phillies career, it's already over.
As for the pitching staff - well - the Phillies are seeing that maybe not even a veteran out to prove his worth can replicate what Jeremy Hellickson did on a one-year deal in 2016.
Mackanin didn't want to speculate prior to the scans but said he'd be surprised to see Buchholz make his next scheduled start.
His velocity, The News Journal noted, has been down markedly this season, and in 7 1/3 innings over two starts his ERA is 12.27 ERA.
Buchholz's exit didn't stop the Mets bats, which scored in eight of nine trips to the plate against four pitchers toting season ERAs in double-digits. Lucas Duda compiled his fifth multi-homer game against the Phillies, mashing one over the batter's eye wall in deep center, an estimated 448 feet. He's allowed 15 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work this year.
Buchholz's absence will provide the Phillies a chance to get a look at someone now in the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Whenever you're not able to do that, it's frustrating, especially being a guy that's been hurt multiple times.