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Vince Velasquez took a line drive off his right forearm in the Phillies 3-2 win over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday and it will force him to the DL with a forearm contusion. Velasquez fielded the ball hit by Adam Eaton and threw left-handed to first base to retire Eaton before falling to the ground in obvious pain.
The injury initially appeared to be much worse as it was feared the ball had struck Velasquez in his elbow. All x-rays were negative but the injury is still bad enough that the Phillies placed the right-hander on the DL.
The Phillies won’t need a fifth starter until Monday in New York, so the team activated reliever Pat Neshek from the DL. Neshek has been on the DL all season, first with a lat strain and then with a flexor strain that he suffered while rehabbing. The team also swapped out relievers, optioning Zac Curtis back to Lehigh Valley and recalling Jake Thompson.