Phillies' Clay Buchholz suffers partial tear in right arm

Phillies' Clay Buchholz suffers partial tear in right arm

Phillies' Clay Buchholz suffers partial tear in right arm

Based on how Buchholz looked in his first two starts - he lasted 2⅓ innings Tuesday against the Mets before leaving mid at-bat because of his injury - general manager Matt Klentak and the Phillies were heading toward a hard decision.

In December 2015, as the Phillies nurtured a talented crop of young pitchers, the front office waded into the trade market.

Herrera is expected to start Tuesday night in NY. Right-hander Charlie Morton was lost for the 2016 season due to a torn hamstring in his fourth start. Eflin got the call to replace the veteran, who the club acquired for a minor leaguer with the hope of trading him in July.

Well, as it were, the season of Clay Buchholz, the veteran arm meant to fill space and eat innings in the Phillies rotation, is over. He is in his final season of his contract, in which he earns $13.5 million. He spent time on the disabled list in six of the last 10 seasons.

Although Buchholz said Tuesday was the first time he'd felt pain in his arm, the injury would help explain the noticeable dip in velocity. "For me, I've got to find out, obviously, what it is and then get it taken care of". He walked none and struck out two, but his offerings looked eminently hittable.

Mackanin didn't want to speculate prior to the scans but said he'd be surprised to see Buchholz make his next scheduled start. He finished the season with a 5.54 ERA in 11 starts, taking his worst licks at the beginning and at the end - the Dodgers sent him home for the season by scoring seven runs in three innings. That compounds a lackluster spring that featured a 7.17 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings.

The righty-hitting Altherr started in center field in place of Herrera and led off the bottom of the ninth with a huge double in a tie game. He's allowed 15 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work this year. "You're here for a reason. And whenever you're not able to do that, it's frustrating, especially being a guy that's been hurt multiple times and has been on the DL for an extended period of time multiple times".

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