Phillies Place Zach Eflin on Injured List, Realmuto to Play Some 1B
On Thursday the Phillies activated starting pitcher Zach Eflin from the injured list - on Friday they placed him back on the the COVID-19 list along with two other Phillies.
So far this season, Eflin has been solid but unspectacular, sporting a 4-7 record with a 4.17 ERA, 1.249 WHIP in 105 2/3 innings this season.
The right-handed hasn't pitched since July 16 and there is a possibility that his season is done.
With Eflin out the Phillies will need to continue to fill his spot in the rotation. Expect to see Matt Moore get another opportunity as the teams No. 5 starter.
In his place, the Phillies recalled Enyel De Los Santos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 5.24 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings out of the Phillies bullpen this season.
Additionally the team placed catcher Andrew Knapp and utility man Luke Williams on the COVID-related IL. In there place the team recalled catch Rafel Marchan and purchased the contract of outfielder Jorge Bonifacio.
J.T. at 1B
Phillies manager Joe Girardi also announced on Friday that with Rhys Hoskins done for the season catch J.T. Realmuto will be playing some first base.
Realmuto was one of the six options I gave to fill in for Hoskins, who is out for the rest of the season and will have surgery to repair a tear in his lower abdomen.
Brad Miller is back at first base tonight, but has really struggled while getting more playing time. The left-handed swinging Miller went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Thursday in the loss to the Diamondbacks and is hitting .140 during the month of August with Hoskins missing time.