It has been a rollercoaster season for Eflin, who was nearing the end of the rehab process for knee tendinitis. After pitching well in a rehab start not too long ago, all signs were pointing towards a timely return in a bid to help the Phillies sneak into a wildcard spot. Those hopes have now been dashed.
Eflin’s return would’ve been a monumental boost to a rotation that has struggled to string a solid series together. What Zack Wheeler does one night, would ultimately be undone in catastrophic fashion by a committee effort less than a day later.
Eflin has struck out 99 batters in 105.2 IP this season. With a 3.68 FIP on the year, he had been a workhorse in the rotation, pitching at least six innings of work in 15 of his 18 starts.
With Eflin now out for the remainder of the season and beyond, the Phillies will turn to Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Kyle Gibson, just as they have all season. It’s not like the dam are going to have to change much, it’s more that they won’t get a huge boost to their rotation.
We’re sending our best wishes to Zach and his family at what must be an incredibly difficult time. Here’s to a speedy recovery and seeing him return to the mound soon!
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