Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff will pitch three innings in a minor league game on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Eickhoff had been sidelined for the last three weeks after suffering a small fracture in his right thumb during a bunting drill.
Eickhoff, 25, was one of six players the Phillies received last summer in the trade that sent Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers. He impressed in eight starts, finishing with a 2.65 ERA and a 49/13 K/BB ratio in 51 innings.
Eickhoff is expected to be ready by Opening Day, when he’ll pitch out of the middle of the Phillies’ starting rotation.
The Phillies have been bitten by the injury bug often thus far in spring training, as the club lost outfielder Aaron Altherr for four to six months after tearing a tendon sheath in his left wrist. Utilityman Cody Asche has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right oblique.