Pitching Notes: Wheeler, Pomeranz, Flaherty, Hudson

Zach Wheeler An MRI on Thursday revealed no structural damage, Phillies Interim manager Rob Thomson told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury and other reporters. Wheeler was tested after feeling sore during the catch, and while the problem appears to be just elbow inflammation, it does raise new questions about when Wheeler will be able to return to the rotation. The right-hander was retroactively placed on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 22 and is expected to miss two starts while recovering from forearm tendinitis.

Feeling better, I’m sure if it was a playoff game he’d be like, “Give me the ball.” But he’s still feeling a little bit, so we’ll have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to reevaluate,” Thomson said. The captain said he didn’t care much about Wheeler’s status, but Wheeler won’t be activated from Illinois on Tuesday, his first day of eligibility for reinstatement. Wheeler is enjoying another strong season , and is such a big part of the Phillies’ success, the club will naturally need to stretch the right back as soon as health allows.

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  • Drew Pomeranz Having not played this season after undergoing flexor tendon surgery in August 2021, his comeback chances appear to have taken a hit as his rehab closed two weeks ago due to soreness. However, priest Manager Bob Melvin told reporters (including Kevin Assi of the San Diego Union-Tribune) that Pomeranz had a catch game on Friday and plans to pitch later in the week. After the shutdown, Pomeranz checked in with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but was told some soreness was a regular part of the recovery process. “still have a chance [Pomeranz] Come back here before the end of the season,” Melvin said.
  • This cardinal will activate Jack Flaherty Leaving the 60-day IL game Monday to start against the Nationals. A shoulder problem has kept Flaherty in just eight innings in three games this season, marking his second straight year with the injury.Flaherty is back, card manager Oliver Mulmore told reporters (including Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Dakota Hudson It will be moved to the bullpen for the time being and may not start again until the double-header against the Reds on September 17. Hudson has a 4.43 ERA in 126 innings, despite his not-so-great SIERA — a favorable 5.11, despite Statcast metrics almost across the board. Neither Flaherty nor Hudson appear to be candidates for playoff starters, although their work in September and October will give Mulmore and company more leeway in determining their role on the playoff roster. think.

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