The official word from the team is "right biceps soreness." His velocity on his first two pitches of the game were about 9 mph slower than his typical fastball velocity.
didn't wince or anything, just really low velocity pic.twitter.com/MbYfuhbxmd— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) June 8, 2016
Vince Velasquez's only two pitches registered 86 and 87 mph on the radar gun.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
Velasquez underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2011 season and did not return until late in 2012. The Phillies reportedly had concerns about his shoulder at the time of the Ken Giles deal, although not enough to scuttle a deal.
Phillies had concerns about Velasquez's durability in December when they acquired him. It's why they reworked trade, adding Mark Appel.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 8, 2016
It's unclear whether Velasquez was having issues throwing in the bullpen before the game, but it was noted on the broadcast after the first pitch that Cameron Rupp looked into the dugout after Velasquez' first offering.
TV captured Mackanin and pitching coach Bob McClure heading into the tunnel with Phillies trainer and Velasquez after he exited game.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) June 8, 2016
Brett Oberholtzer doesn't take much time to warm up. Phillies must have known something was up with Velasquez.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 8, 2016
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Perhaps this is unrelated... perhaps it's not.
Zach Eflin is no longer scheduled to start tonight, according to IronPigs game notes. Severino Gonzalez listed as spot starter. #Phillies— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) June 8, 2016
It appears as if Velasquez started feeling discomfort shortly before he finished warming up.
Velasquez will go for an MRI tomorrow. Felt something in pregame warm-ups and told team. Two pitches were enough evidence to pull.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 8, 2016
Vince Velasquez said he's not concerned about the injury. Not sure if he will miss time.— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) June 8, 2016