Saying that the pain in his knee was something "you kind of expect," Zach Eflin isn't worried about having a bullpen session cancelled to give his knee some rest.
"It's going to swell up on you. It's going to feel uncomfortable. It's just sticking to your rehab and making sure you get everything done," Eflin told Matt Gelb of Philly.com after cancelling a bullpen session on Friday.
Eflin was checked out by physician Steven Cohen, who performed the surgery, and there was no reason for concern. Eflin told reporters that he felt great coming into camp and that the resulting issue isn't anywhere out of the norm. The Phillies are hopeful that Eflin can throw from a mound on Monday, if he doesn't require more rest. Eflin didn't see any reason why he wouldn't be able to throw on Monday.
Manager Pete Mackanin said that the Phillies are just being "very cautious" with Eflin and won't push him, especially this early in camp.
It's likely that Eflin will open the season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, since there doesn't appear to be any open spots for him in the major league rotation. The right-hander, who turns 23 just after the start of the season, made his major league debut with the Phillies last season, making 11 starts and finishing with a 5.54 ERA and a 3-5 record. With Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season, Eflin was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts.
The Phillies acquired Eflin in the December, 2014 trade that sent Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles. The Dodgers had acquired him from the San Diego Padres in the Matt Kemp deal, partly because the Phillies were interested in him and his inclusion in the trade facilitated things from the Phillies point of view. The Padres had drafted Eflin in the first round - 33rd overall pick - of the 2012 Draft.
Zach Eflin career stats
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