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Zach Eflin didn’t have a very fun major league debut

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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.

 

 

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.