Phillies Reinstate Knapp, Summon Arano
The Phillies announced a few more roster moves on Tuesday afternoon. First, starter Zach Eflin was placed on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. The move allowed the Phillies to promote pitcher Victor Arano. Finally, catcher Andrew Knapp was activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Eflin was placed on the 10-day disabled list on August 22 with shoulder discomfort. Eflin has had three separate disabled list stints during the 2017 season. Unfortunately, the Phillies will not get to know what they have to work with with Eflin going forward.
Knapp was hit with a ball on the hand. After initial x-rays were negative, the Phillies did eventually find a fracture and placed Knapp on the disabled list August 8. Knapp will join catchers Cameron Rupp and Jorge Alfaro and try to make an impression before heading to the offseason.
The Phillies acquired Arano two seasons ago in a trade along with infielder Jesmuel Valentin with the Dodgers for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. Arano spent all of 2017 with the Reading Fightin’ Phils, going 1-2 with a 4.19 earned run average. Arano will help the Phillies fill the innings on their pitching staff.