Clay Buchholz: MRI reveals a partial tear in Buchholz's arm

It was just a normal day off and the timing was good with Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez on the mound and Phillies reserve outfielder Aaron Altherr in need of at-bats.

The Phillies say that Buchholz will get a second opinion from the famed Dr. James Andrews before deciding how to proceed.

However, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Buchholz avoids being sidelined for months. That future could be a year or so down the line, or it could be immediately, if one of the starters were to go down with an abrupt and catastrophic injury, forcing countermeasures into action that were only drawn up in case of a ludicrously unfortunate emergency.

The Phillies have plenty of money available to spend.

He is being paid $13.5 million on a one-year deal. Maybe Josh Tobias, the Phils' 10th-round pick in 2015, turns into Boston's next Dustin Pedroia, and there are regrets a few years from now.

Herrera got back to the dugout and disappeared down the tunnel with a member of the Phillies' athletic training staff.

The Phils have several pitchers on the 40-man roster at Triple A. They chose Eflin because, "after what he did previous year, and he's healthy, he's the guy we want", Mackanin said.

Eflin would have made the Opening Day roster if not for Buchholz and double knee surgeries during the offseason. He sounded postgame, though, like someone resigned to an extended spell on the disabled list, something he's all too familiar with.

"Nobody in a big-league clubhouse wants to be hurt", Buchholz said. Zach Eflin was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, joining a rotation that includes Jake Thompson, who struggled in the bigs last year, and an older option like 25-year-old Ben Lively. The 32-year-old former All-Star was a pseudo-reclamation project for the Phillies. He threw a scoreless inning Sunday where he struck out two, didn't allow a hit and walked one.

This time, though, the Phillies have created enough depth in the organization to provide a viable replacement.

  • Julie Sanders