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Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley; Howie Kendrick is back

After the Phillies lost 8-4 on Sunday, they optioned starter Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley.

It hasn’t been a very good second time out for Eflin. He’s 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA in 47 major league innings this season.

Eflin is down because Howie Kendrick is back; after finishing his rehab assignment with the Pigs, the offseason acquisition will join the team tonight in Miami. He’s scheduled to start.

Of course, that means the Phillies are missing a fifth starter. They could do one of two things:

  • Go with a four-man rotation this week, since the Phils have an off day Thursday before they play the Giants.
  • Throw Mark Leiter Jr. or Luis Garcia in there to start Saturday against San Francisco.
  • Bring up Ben Lively (most likely) and send down Leiter or Garcia (most likely).

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