The Phillies have placed outstanding right-handed reliever Victor Arano on the 10-day disabled list due to a right rotation cuff strain. Zach Eflin has been recalled from Lehigh Valley to take his place, he’s expected to start on Tuesday night against the Marlins in Miami. Earlier today, the team recalled left-handed reliever Zac Curtis from Lehigh Valley to take Jake Thompson’s roster spot. Thompson was optioned after Sunday’s game against the Braves.
The team announced Arano won’t throw for a couple of days and will be re-evaluated after the team arrives in Washington, DC later this week. He reportedly had an MRI this morning in Philadelphia, and the team is awaiting the results, although they suspect it’s a minor strain.
The 23-year-old had been nearly unhittable in his rookie season, retiring 32 batters in a row dating back to last year, the longest streak since Rick Wise sat down 32 in a row back in 1971. In 10 appearances, Arano had a 0.75 ERA, with 13 strikeouts and three walks.
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Victor Arano comes out of the bullpen and strikes out Paul Goldschmidt swinging to end the top of the 5th, limiting the damage to two runs (00:14)
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Arano has been especially good at getting people to swing at stuff out of the strike zone, with a 39.4% swing rate on pitches out of the zone. The league average for relievers is 29.6%. And hitters made contact with just 66.3% of his offerings, the league average for relief pitchers is 75.2%. He’s also notched a 17.1% swinging strike rate, far higher than the 11.4% league average.