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Eflin goes on the DL; De Los Santos steps in for Phils

Enyel De Los Santos (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)
Enyel De Los Santos pitches against the Buffalo Bisons on June 12, 2018. De Los Santos was the winning pitcher in the IronPigs 2-0 win. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

Apparently, Enyel De Los Santos isn’t supposed to pitch in all-star games. The Phillies right-hander missed this week’s Triple-A All-Star Game to make his major league debut with the Phillies. Now, he’ll miss pitching in the Futures Game to make his second major league start Sunday in Miami. The decision was made when Zach Eflin was placed on the DL with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand.

Eflin figures that the stint on the DL will be a short one and that he will be able to pitch shortly after the all-star break next week. The move will be retroactive to Tuesday meaning that Eflin will be eligible to come off the DL on July 20th.

“[I’m] just going to skip tomorrow [Sunday’s start] and take the all-star break to get the blister right and have a healthy second half. I’m going to probably be on 10, 11 days rest and it will be completely gone by the time we get back for the second half and I’ll be ready to rock and roll,” Eflin told reporters following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Marlins.

Eflin is having a breakout season with a 7-2 record and a 3.15 ERA in 12 starts with the Phillies.

De Los Santos went 6 1/3 innings against the Mets on Tuesday and allowed three earned runs on five hits to get the win over New York. With Lehigh Valley this season, the 22-year old is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts. In 95 1/3 innings, De Los Santos has struck out 87 batters and walked 31 with Lehigh Valley. Opponents are batting just .210 against him at the Triple-A level.

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