In news that should surprise no one at all, Clay Buchholz went under the knife today to repair a torn flexor tendon. Dr. James Andrews did the honors.
RHP Clay Buchholz had surgery today with Dr. James Andrews to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. Recovery is 4-6 months.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 18, 2017
We’ve been expecting this news since last week when Clay Buchholz called out the trainer in his second start for the Phillies. With a recovery time of 4-6 months, this is essentially a season-ending injury for Buchholz. There’s a slim chance he could return near the end of the season, but we won’t know until we get there.
Buchholz was acquired via trade from the Red Sox, and is only signed through 2017. With all the pitching talent the team has in the minors, It’s likely he never throws another pitch for the Phillies again. It’s not a great end to his time with the Phillies, but it is what it is.
Since Buchholz is now on the DL, the Phillies finally made a roster move to replace him. They called up Zach Eflin to start against the Mets today, and again, this news shouldn’t surprise anyone, since this is what everyone knew was going to happen since last week.
Eflin had knee problems throughout last season, but he seems to be in good shape now. He’s made two starts this season: one in Clearwater for his rehab assignment, and one at Lehigh Valley. In both, he went five innings and allowed no runs.
Zach is being thrown into the pool without any arm floaties. His first MLB start of the season will be against the hated Mets, who have absolutely dominated the Phillies. Oy. Good luck, buddy.