Clay Buchholz’s Injury Opens the Door for Younger Arms

When the Philadelphia Phillies initially acquired Clay Buchholz, I was scratching my head.

The 2017 Phillies are not making the postseason, we all know this, so why was Buchholz going to get the opportunity that a young hurler like Jake Thompson and Zach Eflin should receive? We need to see what these arms are capable of and assess who can become a mainstay in the rotation over the next few years. Sure, Buchholz was most likely going to get traded if he pitched well in an attempt to acquire some prospects, but I’d still rather have a younger arm pitch the first few months of the season.

Now, due to a matter of circumstance, someone is going to have to fill Buchholz’s innings.

Buchholz left Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets with forearm soreness and underwent an MRI Wednesday that showed a partial tear of the flexor pronator mass. 

Buchholz surrendered 10 earned runs and 16 hits over 7 1/3 innings prior to the injury. His two uneventful starts were littered with long innings due to his length between pitches and lots of baserunners.

Let’s get one of these kids up here!


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