Phils' Buchholz to see Dr. Andrews about injury

  • Phils' Buchholz to see Dr. Andrews about injury

Phils' Buchholz to see Dr. Andrews about injury

Eflin was one of the first additions to the Phillies when the team started its rebuild after the 2014 season. He made the 2010 and 2013 All-Star Games and finished those seasons with respective ERAs of 2.33 and 1.74 ERA. The first he noticed something wasn't right was on the final few pitches of the second inning Tuesday. He threw a scoreless inning Sunday where he struck out two, didn't allow a hit and walked one.

"Well", Mackanin said, "after what he did for us previous year and he's healthy, he's the guy we wanted".

Not only would the loss come in the standings for Buchholz, but the injury he suffered this week was as well. That future could be a year or so down the line, or it could be immediately, if one of the starters were to go down with an abrupt and catastrophic injury, forcing countermeasures into action that were only drawn up in case of a ludicrously unfortunate emergency. But either way, a disabled list stint appears certain. He's now hitting.207 with four RBIs. He's allowed 18 base runners in 7 1/3 innings, sporting an unwieldy 12.27 ERA. Nick Pivetta has started strong with a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings.

Buchholz said he felt the best he had all year going into Tuesday's start and didn't have any issues prior to the game this season.

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.

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.

The leaves Buchholz to hope and recover, a position that the injury-prone pitcher was hoping he'd left behind. Manager Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Eflin is a candidate to replace Buchholz. "You're here for a reason, you're here to play baseball and you're here to win". Whenever you're not able to do that, it's frustrating, especially being a guy that's been hurt multiple times.