Eflin struck out three over 2.2 scoreless frames in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Braves in Grapefruit League play. He issued two walks and gave up a hit in the outing. Eflin has performed well through two abbreviated starts this spring, surrendering just one run over 5.2 innings. The pair of quality outings should strengthen his hold on a back-end rotation spot, especially with one of his top threats for the job (Jerad Eickhoff) having yet to make his Grapefruit League debut.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that Eflin has a strained left oblique and will not start against the Braves this weekend, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Due to this injury, it's highly unlikely that Eflin will be available out of the bullpen for the club's three-game set versus Atlanta this weekend. In 24 starts with the Phillies in 2018, Eflin logged a 4.36 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 123:37 K:BB in 128 innings. Jerad Eickhoff will take the mound for Friday's series opener in his absence.
Eflin will travel back to Philadelphia to have his left side examined, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. This issue has reportedly been bothering Eflin for the past two weeks, so he'll seek further evaluation. With one week remaining in the regular season, Eflin's 2018 campaign will likely come to an end.
Eflin (11-7) struck out nine batters across five scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Mets. He allowed three hits and issued three walks. Eflin was dialed in Wednesday, allowing just one baserunner to reach third base while tying a season high with nine whiffed batters. The young right-hander has now allowed just one run over his last two starts (11.1 innings) after giving up 16 runs across his previous four outings (16.2 innings). He'll look to keep things rolling in his next start, which will come on the road against the Rockies.
Eflin (10-7) allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 6.1 innings Friday, picking up the victory over Miami. Eflin looked sharp throughout this appearance, giving up just a solo blast in the sixth inning. Friday's outing marks his first quality start since Aug. 10 against the Padres. Eflin will carry a 4.26 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 111 strikeouts through 120.1 frames into his next appearance Wednesday against the Mets.