Phillies' Buchholz could miss rest of season after surgery



The club announced Tuesday that Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on the 32-year-old's torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

If he is indeed done for the year it means 138 pitches is all Buchholz will ever throw for the Phillies.

Buchholz is expected to be out of action for anywhere from four to six months recovering from the surgery, so Buchholz's 2017 season is in major jeopardy unless his recovery period hits the low end of that timeframe.

The Philadelphia Phillies rolled the dice on right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz prior to the season, and it seems as though that risk is going to backfire.

Fellow right-hander Zach Eflin was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Buchholz's place in the rotation. Buchholz left his second start with the Phillies, which came against the New York Mets, in the third inning, but he had already allowed eight hits and given up six earned runs. Eflin could remain in the rotation long term.

Buchholz was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday, but will nearly surely eventually be transferred to the 60-day DL.

The two-time All-Star was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and five strikeouts in 7.1 innings this season. He was ineffective in his limited time with the team, and will still get paid $13.5 million in 2017, before becoming eligible for free-agency this offseason. A flexor pronator strain in July of 2015 cost him the rest of the season. They also have Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola to fill out the top four spots.

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