Jerad Eickhoff out 6-8 weeks with back injury

Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff will miss at least six weeks with a strained right lat muscle in his back, the Phillies announced Friday.

It’s the first major injury the team has suffered during an otherwise calm spring. It’s also similar to an injury Eickhoff suffered last year, part of a mediocre campaign (4.71 ERA, 118 K, 53 BB).

Meanwhile, Matt Klentak said the Phils are probably done making moves, so don’t expect Alex Cobb coming to Philadelphia. Instead, the team will hope one of either Ben Lively, Zach Eflin or Mark Leiter Jr. does the job as a substitute.

OPINION: I’d also add Tom Eshelman into the mix, who has had a great spring and deserves a look in the majors. But I’m sure the Phils also want to get definitive answers on players like Lively, Eflin and Leiter Jr. Of those three, I’d probably give the spot to Leiter Jr., who has proven the most efficient and valuable of the trio so far.

Either way, this is a tough setback for Eickhoff, who was someone we all hoped would repair himself as an acceptable back-end starter, at worst.



  1. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Wait a minute. Something’s rotten in Denmark here. First of all, Klentak DID indeed say the Phils probably were done making moves (hell if I remember if he used the word PROBABLY which is a VERY gray word, but regardless of that statement at a given time, who’s to say that wasn’t a vague negotiating term of sorts (granted it’s unlikely, but still) and now that they lose a pitcher for a 6-8 week stretch, with either a recurring or at least similar body part injury for a 2nd straight year, why on earth would the name of Alex Cobb not be mentioned at least in a dozen conversations between Phils personnel while he remains unsigned and time races on toward a pillow contract becoming more possible by the day.

    It’s not like he’s an absolute must, but I think it’s AWFULLY unlikely they don’t even consider it at this point.

    Lastly, while I don’t have a jump up and down definite opinion on it, I am pretty inclined to agree with the mention of Leiter as a candidate to get more chance now. But dismissing Cobb so succinctly? Pass, and do so quickly. He figures to at least stir some conversation no matter what Klentak said 10 days ago. ANY team loses a starter for several weeks at this point is going to think harder about Cobb. Or at least about 20-25 teams.

    • czontixhldr

      March 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Ken, what are Cobb’s contract expectations, and what does PHIL think about Cobb going forward?

      • Ken Bland

        March 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Can’t answer that first hand obviously, but from what I’ve picked up on, originally (not worth much now), he was in the ballpark for a 4 year 70-80 million dollar deal, which if true, would have explained his rejecting the near 18 mil 1 year qualifying order.

        Supposedly, he rejected a 3 year, 42 mil Cub deal. Maybe about 2 months back.

        What’s important is where his head’s at now, after this failed winter.

        This is just my opinion, but if he’s thinking with a straight head, accepting a 1 one year 15 mil deal might not be pushing the panic button.
        It’s a loss over the same time as the QO would have been, but it gives him a chance to try it again next year.

        Would that represent a plus move for the club? To a degree, I think more yes than not, but I firmly believe the Phils have to give it more than passing thought which was my contention as opposed to a near instant pass which was what I inferred from Tim’s article. I haven’t any idea what the Phils think of him to answer your 2nd ?.

  2. Jaron B

    March 17, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I’d definitely consider putting Eickhoff on the 60-Day DL and using Eschelman.

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