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Jerad Eickhoff promoted to Padres’ major-league squad


Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is making his return to a big-league roster.

Jerad Eickhoff signed with the Padres before the 2020 season. (Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

The San Diego Padres announced Sunday that they selected the right-hander’s contract ahead of their game against the Colorado Rockies. Eickhoff was placed on the active roster after first baseman Eric Hosmer was put on the 10-day injured list.

Before becoming a Padre, Eickhoff had spent the first five seasons of his career with the Phillies.

Eickhoff was a key returning piece in the Phillies’ trade of Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers in 2015. He made his major-league debut for the Phillies later that season, posting a 2.65 ERA in eight starts.

Eickhoff’s first full season came in 2016, and it was largely successful for the pitcher. The Phillies’ rotation had quite a few young starters throughout the season such as Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez and Jake Thompson, and Eickhoff shined the brightest of them all. In 33 starts that season, he had an ERA of 3.65 across 197 1/3 innings.

Injuries limited how much Eickhoff would pitch from 2017-2019. He missed all of September in 2017, and only threw 5 1/3 innings in 2018. Eickhoff made two scoreless starts last season, but was mostly ineffective in other appearances. He had a 5.71 ERA in 58 1/3 innings in 2019, and did not pitch in a major-league game after June 16 due to injury.

The 30-year-old became a free agent after the 2019 season, and signed a minor-league deal with the Padres.

Eickhoff had been training at the Padres’ alternate site prior to his promotion to the majors.

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