Prior to the Friday match, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres visited asked important questions regarding Saturday's third contest in the four-match series.
Phillies asked when right-handed Zach Eflin (2-5, 4.43 ERA) was nominated as a starting pitcher to play Padres' left-handed Blake Snell (0-4, 5.46). I answered.
However, Padres was still thinking about the return of third baseman Manny Machado, who seemed to have missed a considerable amount of time when he turned his ankle across the first baseman bag last Sunday.
Padres manager Bob Melvin said Machado wasn't ready to play third base. But can he do a pinch hitter? Will he appear as a designated hitter?
"Surprisingly, from the beginning, it's great to see Manny play catch on Thursday, run a bit, and swing the bat," Melvin said.
"We certainly don't mean to hurry with him, but if we don't need it, we don't want to jump over the gun and put him on the injured list. I don't know when he will play. Hmm .... Listen to the training staff and his feelings every day. I still doubt the start, but we may use him. "
As for the ephrin, He made his most recent start last Sunday after injuring his right knee and throwing only 38 pitches. After the pitcher made a long toss, he was evaluated on Tuesday and moved the bullpen up from Thursday to Wednesday to improve the reading of his knees.
"My bullpen really worked," Ephrin said.
However, it wasn't until Friday that he got permission to pitch on Saturday, probably because of the fact that Ephrin's knee problem wasn't new. He had surgery on both knees in 2016 and another surgery in September 2021 to repair the patellar tendon of his right knee.
Ephrin will make his 13th start of the season on Saturday night and his second start against the Padres. On May 17, he held the Padres to one run with five hits and struck out five innings with 3-0 in Philadelphia. He is 1-2 at 3.32 ERA with four career starts against San Diego.
Prior to his two innings outing in Washington last Sunday, Ephrin allowed five runs with 14 hits with 12 strikeouts over 18 innings in his previous three starts. ..
Meanwhile, Snell tries to get his direction after putting the first six weeks of his season on the injured list due to his left abduction muscle tension. I am. He got off to a start six times. He allowed two runs in two six innings, showing signs of his old form. But last Sunday in Colorado, he gave up five hits with five strikeouts and five runs (four wins) with four walks in four of his two-thirds innings.
In addition to his career's high ERA, Snell has an ERA of 1.45WHIP and .232. He also published 17 walks in 292/3 innings.
Snell's first start of the season was on May 18th in Philadelphia. He abandoned three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 32/3 innings. He is 0-2 and has recorded 4.26 ERA in three career starts with the Phillies.
– Field-level media