Injury Notes: Eflin, Brantley, Woodruff, Polanco

Injury Notes: Eflin, Brantley, Woodruff, Polanco

The Phillies starter placed Zach Eflin on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to June 26, with a bruised right knee. outfielder Oscar Mercado, claimed from Guardians Waivers yesterday, has been added to the active roster in a corresponding move. Eflin told reporters he hopes to be able to return after a minimal stay in IL, which would only cost him two starts (via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki). The 28-year-old underwent surgery on both knees in 2016, and he underwent another operation to correct patellar issues in his right knee last September. His current injury doesn’t seem to be as much of a concern, but the Phillies think they’re especially cautious about bringing him back given that history.

An impending free agent, Eflin has made 13 starts this season. He boasts a 4.37 ERA over 68 innings, striking out 19.6 percent of opposing batters against a tiny 5.3 percent walk rate. That kind of stability in strike throwing has made the former Padres farmhand a reliable member of the Philadelphia rotation for the past six years. Phils plan to recall left-hander Bailey Falter to start Friday night’s game in place of Eflin, tweet Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

A few other moves from the injured list around the game:

  • The Astros placed left fielder Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 27, due to right shoulder discomfort. Chas McCormick, who had been chosen over the weekend, was recalled to take his place on the active roster. (Position players usually have to spend at least ten days in the minors after being drafted, but they can be called up earlier if they replace an injured player). Brantley played down any long-term concerns, telling reporters (including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart) he hoped to be able to return after a brief stint. The 35-year-old continues to perform very well at the plate, carrying a .288/.370/.416 line through 277 plate appearances this season.
  • The Brewers welcomed a pair of key contributors back from the injured list tonight. right handed Brandon Woodruff and second baseman Kolten Wong were each reinstated, with Trevor Kelley and pablo reyes optioned in the corresponding movements. Woodruff will get the start in today’s game with the Rays, while Wong will drop back to the keystone. It’s the first MLB start in a month for Woodruff, who sat out with a sprained ankle and numbness in his hands from Raynaud’s syndrome. Wong has been out for three weeks with a calf sprain.
  • Between today’s doubleheader matches with the Guardians, the Twins brought in the second baseman Jorge Polanco from the injured list. outfielder Marc Contreras was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul to open active roster space. Polanco, who knocks on the switch, is fifth for the last drink against Cleveland. He missed just under two weeks with tightness in his lower back. Through 250 plate appearances, Polanco hit .245/.340/.389 with seven homers. Her back digits to push Luis Arraez return to first base and designated hitter, possibly releasing Alex Kiriloff to see more time in left field. Minnesota lost its first left fielder Trevor Larnach a core muscle injury over the weekend; he is undergoing surgery and is expected to miss six weeks.

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