EFLIN STARTS TONIGHT FOR PHILS, DIDN’T EVEN WANT A MINORS REHAB!

By Sam Bush

Zach Eflin is scheduled to start tonight’s Phils series opener against Arizona.

It will be his first start since July 16 following a five-week recovery from tendinitis in his right knee. Eflin made only one rehab start — he threw 2 1/3 innings with Double-A Reading on Saturday — before the Phillies deemed him ready to return.

“I pushed to not even go on a Minor League rehab assignment, but that’s how they wanted to have it,” Eflin told MLB.com. “So we did that and here we are.”

Eflin will be limited to around 50 pitches tonight as he rebuilds arm strength. Left-hander Matt Moore, who held Eflin’s spot in the rotation, could be the first pitcher out of the bullpen behind the righty.

“It’ll be fun,” Eflin said about rejoining the team during a division-title race. “We’ve got to bring the energy every single day. I’m just happy to finally be a part of it and [to] not sit and watch and cheer lead. It sucks being hurt. It really is a horrible feeling, so I’m really happy I’m back, that’s for sure.”

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