For Starters, Phillies Send Eflin to Triple-A
More roster news came out of Phillies camp on Monday afternoon. After announcing the option of outfielder Roman Quinn and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis, the Phillies then turned to their starting rotation. The one arm that will not be heading north with the Phillies is starter Zach Eflin. The Phillies announced that Eflin has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies starting rotation, down an arm with an injury to starter Jerad Eickhoff, have two openings in the rotation beyond Jake Arrieta, Aaron Nola, and Vince Velasquez. Three candidates remain for that position, as the Phillies have made no announcements just yet.
- Ben Lively (1-1, 3.19 ERA)
- Drew Hutchison (2-0, 2.75 ERA)
- Nick Pivetta (0-3, 3.93 ERA)
The Phillies added Hutchison to their 40-man roster over the weekend. They did not announce their plans for Hutchison, but there were a few comments made around camp that Hutchison could either start or relieve in a role that Mark Leiter, Jr. might have filled if he had not gotten hurt.
All three players have made their final Grapefruit League starts, so the Phillies likely will announce their rotation soon. Arrieta will not start until April 8, so the Phillies will need to use four other starters immediately