Some of the Phillies better players are coming back from the disabled list
Phillies starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff has been reinstated to the 25-man roster from the disabled list, according to the club. To make room on the 25-man roster Ben Lively will return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Eickhoff is expected to make one start before the team takes a week off for the All-Star festivities in Miami. Most reports anticipate the 27-year-old to start on Sunday against San Diego, who beat the Phillies 2-1 Saturday afternoon.
In a rehab start with the Reading Fightin’ Phils Tuesday Eickhoff threw 57 pitches in five one-run innings while striking out five. He’s coming off a back strain that may be the reason behind his rough start to the season.
Eickhoff is 0-7 with a 4.93 ERA for the Phillies after starting the home opener this season.
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Lively returns to the IronPigs after starting seven games for Philadelphia, with whom he has a respectable 3.80 ERA. After pitching seven innings in his first three starts Lively took a small step back in his progress. Against the Pirates on July 5 Lively failed to pitch through the fifth inning, allowing four runs, only two earned, in four innings at home.
With Jeremy Hellickson expected to be traded in the next four weeks, Lively could return to Philadelphia in the near future and potentially stay for good.
Another arm on the road to recovery is Vincent Velasquez, who made a rehab appearance for Reading Thursday evening. In typical Velasquez fashion, the righty threw 52 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs off four hits.
Infielder Cesar Hernandez is also close to coming back from an oblique injury and is likely to return after the All-Star break.
Combine the young stars returning from injury with the prospect of veterans being traded sooner than later, and you have a very intriguing month of baseball on the horizon.