Zach Eflin’s wife begs for MLB lockout to end in hilarious IG story
Remember how the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic had different stages, like when everyone was binging Tiger King on Netflix, baking bread, making that whipped coffee, and banging pots and pans outside for first responders every evening at 7 PM?
Well, the MLB lockout has officially reached a new stage: players vacuuming to pass the time.
On Tuesday, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin’s wife Lauren uploaded a shot of her husband vacuuming to her Instagram Stories. The caption read, “We need this lockout to end. Who are you and what did you do with my husband,” with several laughing emojis.
At least he’s helping out around the house?
But in all seriousness, we’ve reached the point in February when pitchers and catchers typically report for Spring Training, and instead, Eflin is stuck at home vacuuming. These are professional athletes in their prime, and it’s going to waste. What are we doing here?
Will Zach Eflin be healthy in time for Phillies Opening Day?
Eflin has been with the Phillies for all six of his big-league seasons and has a lifetime 4.55 ERA over 583 2/3 innings. However, injuries and surgeries have impeded his promising career, and in 2021, he only made 18 starts before finishing out the regular season on the Injured List. As a result, more than most of his teammates, Eflin really needs the lockout to end so he can rehab and ramp up with the Phillies’ medical and coaching staff.
The righty underwent knee surgery in September 2021, with a projected recovery time of 6-8 months. However, it’s expected that the lockout has impeded that, as players are not able to work with their team’s trainers and coaches during the work stoppage. The sooner the lockout ends, the sooner he’s able to rehab in earnest and contribute to the team.
There is one thing vacuums and lockouts have in common, though:
They both suck.