The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on the team’s 10-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his pitching hand. Fellow righty Ricardo Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to assume Eickhoff’s spot on the big league roster.
Eickhoff was forced to leave his start on Wednesday after just two innings due to the issue in his right hand. He reportedly felt numbness and tingling in his throwing hand, which is evidently a potential symptom of elbow troubles. Eickhoff was shelled for six runs on six hits and took the loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Braves.
Eickhoff’s fastball velocity had been trending down of late as well. Wednesday’s start marked the sixth time in his last nine outings that his average fastball velocity was clocked at south of 90 mph. His average velocity had been over 90 in each of his first 56 starts with the team. On the season, the 27-year-old is 4-8 with a 4.71 ERA in 24 starts.
Pinto has struggled during his brief stints with the big club this season. The 23-year-old has a bloated ERA of 8.22 across his 17 major league appearances to this point in 2017. He was the 26th man during the Phillies’ double-header on Wednesday, but now he gets to come right back up without having made a subsequent appearance in the minors.
After dropping two of three against the Braves during the week, the Phillies will now head south to begin a four-game weekend set with the Miami Marlins on Thursday. Righty Ben Lively will take the hill for Philadelphia against Marlins right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne Thursday.