Pitcher Vincent Velasquez was making his 12th start of the season for the Phillies Wednesday, but it was evident that immediately, something wasn't right. Velasquez delivered two pitches, both fastballs at 86 miles per hour and his next move was to exit alongside trainer Scott Sheridan. Velasquez' fastball generally sits around 94 on the gun.
Since leaving the game, the Phillies have announced the injury as right biceps soreness. Generally, the prognosis is about a month of downtime for such an injury, but very little is immediately known about the specifics of Velasquez' situation. Velasquez did get one out, a fly ball to right field, prior to being relieved by Brett Oberholtzer. Velasquez will be reevaluated and possibly undergo an MRI on Thursday.
One day after his 24th birthday, Velasquez was looking to bounce back from a rough outing against Milwaukee, where he allowed two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. His ERA has been steadily climbing after opening the season with 15 straight shutout innings. His latest outing pushed it to his season high of 3.67 after his previous outing against the Cubs pushed it over the 3.00 mark when he allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Velasquez had an ERA of 5.12 in the month of May.