Phillies righty Zach Eflin made his major league debut today. Big day for him! Big day for the Phillies rebuild overall too, as Eflin was the first real product of said rebuild, coming over from the Dodgers in the Jimmy Rollins trade in 2014. Time for the 22-year-old to show Phillies fans how much promise the future holds!
Eh, let’s give him a mulligan, shall we? Because today went crappy for him. Eflin gave up nine runs — eight earned — on nine hits in two and two-thirds innings. He allowed three homers, walked three and struck out only two. Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com notes that Eflin was the first pitcher in the majors to allow eight or more earned runs in fewer than three innings of his major league debut since Cesar Carrillo did it for the Padres in 2009. Carrillo ended up pitching two more games in the bigs and has been in unaffiliated ball since 2012, so . . . yay?
Eflin doesn’t seem primed to follow his path, of course. He was the third-youngest pitcher in the International League this year and had no trouble with it, going 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 11 starts for Lehigh Valley, holding opponents to a batting average of .199. Everyone is entitled to a bad day. Here’s hoping Eflin got his worst one out of the way right out of the box.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”