Jerad Eickhoff, who has been on the DL since the start of the season with a right lat strain, will officially start his way back when he starts for Reading against Portland today. The right-hander will pitch in a morning game that Reading has scheduled against the Portland SeaDogs.
The Phillies acquired Eickhoff from the Rangers as part of the Cole Hamels trade and after an impressive 2016 season, he’s run into some issues. His ERA ballooned from 3.65 in 2016 when he won 11 games for the Phillies to 4.71 last season as he pitched to a 4-8 record with Philadelphia. Eickhoff spent time on the DL last seson with an upper back injury and a right hand injury. Prior to those injuries, Eickhoff had never been placed on the DL during his tenure in either the Phillies or Rangers organizations.
GM Matt Klentak has said that Eickhoff would return to the rotation when he’s healthy but manager Gabe Kapler has been a little more suspect in his approach, preferring to take more of a wait-and-see attitude when talking to reporters about Eickhoff’s status. Eickhoff does have options remaining and could be sent to Lehigh Valley once healthy.