By Sam Bush
The Phillies optioned Jerad Eickhoff to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which means:
They have have their rotation in place: Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta (above), Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez.
Injuries are always bound to happen, and Eickhoff will be called up if and when the need arises..
The 28-year-old pitched in three games this spring, allowing four runs over nine total innings of work, striking out 12. Eickhoff had started camp a bit behind schedule due to a complication in his recovery from a carpal tunnel surgery, but overall, he looked strong.
Both Eickhoff and the team surely hope the three runs he gave up in two innings against Tampa Bay on March 11 were an anomaly considering how well he pitched in the latter two games, concluding with a six-strikeout performance in four innings on Friday against the New York Yankees.
After missing most of 2018 with a finger issue, Eickhoff was hoping to return to his 2016 form, when he went 11-14 with a 3.65 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 197 1/3 innings.