Roman Quinn has missed eight straight games with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs because of a sore elbow, and Zach Eflin had soreness in his right elbow following his last start for Lehigh Valley. Eflin was placed on the DL with what is being termed a right elbow strain, while the Phillies hope to avoid having Quinn spend time on the DL.
Just prior to the news that Quinn was heading to Philadelphia to be examined, IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan made it sound like Quinn was getting closer to rejoining the lineup.
"He ran around today and did some hitting. The elbow is still bothering him, especially more from the right side, the left side [hitting left-handed], he felt pretty comfortable, but the right side, he still felt it a little bit when he extended it. It's his left elbow, but it's not too big of a concern. I just don't want to put him out there and then have to take him out of a game if they bring in a lefty or something," said Wathan.
Quinn injured the elbow sliding into third base in a recent game at home.
Eflin made one start after being optioned back to Lehigh Valley from the Phillies. The 23-year old right-hander lasted just four innings against Louisville, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. After the game, Eflin reported some soreness in his elbow and the Phillies elected to immediately place him on the DL and have him examined in Philadelphia.
With Philadelphia this season, Eflin made eight starts, pitching to an 8.13 ERA, and was optioned out after his last start Cincinnati when he allowed seven earned runs in five innings of work. In his last three starts, Eflin was 0-3 with a 13.20 ERA.