Phillies place pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on 10-day disabled list

Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is headed to the DL with nerve irritation in his hand. Ricardo Pinto has been recalled to take his spot on the roster.

The Phillies have placed Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day disabled list before the team plays against the Miami Marlins. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot.

Eickhoff, who left his start early on Wednesday at home against the Atlanta Braves, had nerve irritation in his right hand, per team announcement. After the game, he told reporters he couldn’t feel the ball in his hands. That might be the reason for his very poor start against the Braves.

This season, Eickhoff has a record of 4-8 with an earned run average of 4.71. In his most recent start, against the Atlanta Braves, he went two innings before leaving with his injury. He gave up six hits and allowed six runs, including one home run.

Eickhoff was already on the 10-day disabled list earlier this season with an upper back strain on June 20. When he was activated from that injury, things started to go well before turning back around.

He posted a 3.27 ERA for the month of July and a 5.22 ERA in August. In 22 games between the two months combined, he has allowed 25 earned runs.

Pinto, who is filling the 25-man roster, has an earned run average of 8.22. He has 21 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.

However, the month of August has clearly been a struggle for him. He posted a 11.42 earned run average, and has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits. He will be a much needed arm in the bullpen.

Pinto, 23, was already with the team as he was on the doubleheader roster. Instead of returning him to Triple-A, they kept him to take Eickhoff’s roster spot.

In the doubleheader against the Braves, he  pitched one inning allowing three hits and two earned runs. The Phillies eventually lost the game with a final score of 5-1.

Eickhoff is expected to be back before the season end, which is in one month.

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