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Phillies SP Clay Buchholz has Surgery, Zach Eflin Called up

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz underwent surgery earlier on Tuesday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

Buchholz, 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA, was off to a horrendous start to his Phillies career and now it likely seems that his stint with the team is already over.

Struggling for the past couple of years, Buchholz was traded to the Phillies last offseason for minor league infielder Josh Tobias. Buchholz only pitched in two games as a member of the Phillies, and now is expected to miss four to six months due to this surgery (although the Phillies placed him on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 15).

For all intents and purposes, the Phillies have seen the last of Buchholz this season, and most likely for the long-term future too. Buchholz is on the last year of his contract (spotrac.com) and has not pitched well in his microscopic time as a member of this organization.

With Buchholz being sidelined for the rest of the season, an opportunity opened up for one of the Phillies’ young arms down in the minors. Right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin stepped right up and has been placed on the MLB roster.

Eflin, recovering from knee surgeries that he had over the winter, started this season on a rehab assignment down at Single A Clearwater, where he pitched five innings without allowing a run and striking out six. Eflin was then optioned back up to the Triple A team, where he made one start and pitched five innings of scoreless baseball while striking out four.

Eflin will be making his first start for the Phillies in 2017 Tuesday night against the division rival New York Mets. However, this is not the first taste of the majors that Eflin has had.

In 2016, Eflin pitched in 11 games for the Phillies, recording a 3-5 record to go with a 5.54 ERA.

The Phillies hope that Eflin outperforms what he did last season, and he gets his chance on Tuesday night against the Mets.

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