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Phillies place Jerad Eickhoff on DL with upper back strain

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CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have placed starter Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day disabled list with an upper back strain. First baseman Brock Stassi was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Eickhoff, 26, pitched well in his most recent start against the Diamondbacks, tossing six innings of one-run ball. Overall, he’s carrying a disappointing 4.81 ERA with a 65/30 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.

It is not yet clear how the Phillies plan to fill Eickhoff’s spot in the rotation. Mark Appel, Jake Thompson, and Thomas Eshelman are potential options for promotions to the majors.

Stassi, 27, made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, but struggled through the first two months, batting .197/.290/.361 in 69 plate appearances. The Phillies optioned him to Double-A Reading earlier this month for a couple games, then moved him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That seemed to do the trick, as Stassi hit .325 in 40 combined at-bats.

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.

Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.

Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.