Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Phillies righty Clay Buchholz will see Dr. James Andrews

Phillies righty Clay Buchholz will see Dr. James Andrews Phillies righty Clay Buchholz will see Dr. James Andrews
Kristopher Love | 18 April, 2017, 02:49

"It's a lot of mistakes", Mackanin said when asked about the Mets' success.

Eflin was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley, so the timing helped his cause. Not getting the call just yet but impressing in the early going are pitchers Ben Lively has had one good start and one so-so start and Nick Pivetta has been stellar for two starts.

Buchholz left Tuesday's start in the third inning with a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

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He had a reoccurrence in spring training and declined to have surgery that would have sidelined him 6 to 8 months. Eflin, a former first-round pick, reached the majors while occasionally pitching through pain.

As for Saunders, he has yet to really make his mark, but has driven in five runs and when he's flashed, he's done so in a big way with a pair of multi-hit games, including a strong 3-for-5 game against Washington in which he fell a homer shy of the cycle. He threw two complete games in a 17-day span last July.

Things did not go well for Buchholz, as he was charged with six runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings. But the Phillies believe 2017 will be different for Eflin. Jake Thompson made 10 starts for them last season.

Buchholz has struggled in his first two starts since joining the Phillies from Boston, posting a 12.27 ERA. He could be a consideration later, if needed.

However, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Buchholz avoids being sidelined for months.

Buchholz will get a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday and the course of treatment will be decided then. If Andrews recommends surgery, Buchholz will be lost for the season.

Odubel Herrera gave his manager a little scare when he hobbled off the field after legging out a ground ball in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. It was not serious, Mackanin said. "He said he just needed to stretch". Freddy Galvis snapped an 0-for-16 stretch with his single in the fifth inning. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying. But through a rocky spring and two regular-season starts, the (albeit low-risk) gamble hasn't paid off.

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