By Richard Sargent
The Phillies placed right-handers Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin on the COVID-related injured list and brought up Cristopher Sanchez to start yesterday’s second game against the Mets.
They also recalled right-hander Connor Brogdon from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and right-hander Francisco Morales from Double-A Reading.
The Phillies start a seven-game road trip to Seattle and Los Angeles, and neither Wheeler nor Eflin will travel with the Phillies to Seattle, but manager Joe Girardi said he is holding out hope one or both can eventually rejoin the team at some point on the road trip.
Wheeler, 31, is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA through five starts this season. He made the All-Star team in 2021 and was runner-up in the National League Cy Young Award voting after finishing 14-10 with a 2.78 ERA and a league-leading 247 strikeouts.
Eflin, 28, is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA through five starts in his seventh season with the Phillies.