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Clay Buchholz has a partial tear of right flexor pronator mass

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Phillies starter Clay Buchholz lasted only 2 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s 14-4 loss to the Mets. After throwing a 2-2 change-up to Travis d'Arnaud in the third inning, Buchholz met with catcher Cameron Rupp who summoned the team trainer. Buchholz exited the game with a right flexor strain.

Buchholz underwent an MRI on Wednesday afternoon, which revealed that he has a partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports. He’ll see Dr. James Andrew on Monday for a second opinion.

Buchholz, 32, struggled in both starts with the Phillies to start the year. Overall, he’s given up 10 runs on 16 hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. The Phillies acquired him from the Red Sox in December, hoping he would provide starting rotation depth.

The Phillies have options to replace Buchholz in the rotation. Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson would seem the most likely candidates to get called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill in the rotation.

Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

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The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.

Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.

Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.