Eickhoff (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. Eickhoff is missing his start Wednesday as he recovers from an upper-back strain. The Phillies will decide on the next step for the righty after he throws his bullpen session. He may be able to skip a rehab start and return to the rotation on July 4.
Eickhoff (back) won't be activated from the 10-day disabled list in advance of his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Mariners, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Though Eickhoff (back) was able to resume throwing off a mound Sunday, he either didn't feel 100 percent during the session or will need to make a rehab start in the minors before getting clearance to rejoin the Phillies. With Eickhoff seemingly out of commission until at least next week, Mark Leiter will receive a second straight nod in his stead after covering six shutout innings in his first MLB start.
Eickhoff (back) said he felt good after throwing a bullpen session Sunday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Eickhoff, who is on the disabled list with an upper-back strain, threw two 15-pitch simulated innings on Sunday. The Phillies will see how he feels Monday before making a determination on whether he will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Mariners.
Eickhoff was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an upper back strain, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. It's unclear when Eickhoff sustained the injury, as he is coming off one of his better starts of the year; a six-inning outing of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks. While the Phillies are hoping it will be a short stay on the DL, he'll be forced to miss at least one turn in the rotation. His replacement is expected to be called up from Triple-A sometime before the contest, with Mark Leiter and Mark Appel both possible options. Eickhoff owns a 4.81 ERA and 65:30 K:BB through 76.2 innings (14 starts) this season.
Eickhoff allowed just a single run on five hits and three walks while striking out just two batters through six innings in a no-decision against Arizona on Saturday. Eickhoff had allowed at least three runs in each of his last nine starts for a 6.46 ERA and 1.78 WHIP, so Saturday's outing against a strong offense was his best in some time. Still, with an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.51 WHIP for the campaign, Eickhoff is hardly a go-to fantasy asset. He projects to face the Diamondbacks again in his next start, but this time, the venue is hitter-friendly Chase Field.
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