Phillies Place Two Lefties on the DL Among Several Roster Moves
The Phillies gutted out a victory against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, with 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball from their left-handed relievers. Two of them are now on the disabled list as the Phillies made many moves ahead of Thursday's double-header. Here is a rundown of the moves.
Zach Eflin returns to the Phillies as the 26th man for the double-header. The controversial move that put Eflin in the minor leagues on paper has Eflin pitching on his fifth day as usual. Eflin will be re-activated in time for his next start on August 21 or 22.
Ranger Suarez returns for another spot start. The Phillies needed an extra starter with today's doubleheader against the New York Mets. Suarez likely will be optioned after the game in exchange for a reliever such as Yacksel Rios, giving the Phillies an extra arm until Eflin is activated.
Aaron Loup heads to the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Loup made four appearances for the Phillies since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays. Loup is 0-0 with a 9.00 earned run average over two innings in those four appearances.
Austin Davis also lands on the 10-day disabled list with lower back tightness. Davis has mostly pitched well for the Phillies, though he has had a few tough moments. In 22 games and 24 innings, Davis is 1-2 with a 4.13 earned run average.
Mark Leiter, Jr. returns to take one of the two available spots. After a strong Spring Training, Leiter began the season on the disabled list and was optioned to Triple-A soon after being activated. Leiter made 11 appearances with the big club and went 0-1 with a 5.74 earned run average. At Triple-A, Leiter was 3-0 with a 3.68 earned run average.
Leiter seemed to finally find his groove in August at Triple-A, going 1-0 with a 1.23 earned run average in five appearances.