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Phillies make transactions as 2 players become free agents

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Phillies make transactions as 2 players become free agents

The Phillies on Monday made a handful of transactions.

Right-handers Zach Eflin, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, as were utility man Pedro Florimon and reliever Jesen Therrien.

Both Florimon and Therrien were outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley and become free agents.

Eflin, 23, last pitched on Aug. 18 and finished the season on the DL with a right shoulder strain. For Eickhoff, 27, "nerve irritation" in his right throwing hand ended his 2017 season in late August. Velasquez, 25, had a blood flow issue in his pitching arm that caused numbness and bruising in his right middle finger. As a result, his final outing came on Aug. 10 and he underwent surgery in September.

All three are expected to compete for starting rotation spots in spring training.

Florimon, who turns 31 in December, and Therrien, 24, are now off the 40-man roster. Florimon played 15 games last season before suffering a dislocated right ankle, while Therrien saw two stints with the Phillies, posting an 8.35 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. He dominated in the minors, compiling a 1.41 ERA between Double A and Triple A to go with nine saves, 65 strikeouts, nine walks and a .191 opponents' batting average.

Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery in September and will miss all of 2018.

Phillies-Marlins observations: Aaron Nola, bullpen lit up before rally falls short

Phillies-Marlins observations: Aaron Nola, bullpen lit up before rally falls short

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MIAMI — It was crushing night for the Phillies, who experienced intense physical pain at the batter’s box and on the basepaths as well as the mental anguish suffered by staff ace Aaron Nola, who was rocked by the Miami Marlins for the third time this year.

The Phillies lost 10-9, but the score alone falls way short of chronicling how much this one hurt.

• Centerfielder Pedro Florimon's second-inning injury was indicative of how the night would unfold for the Phillies.

He beat out an infield hit to the hole at shortstop, extending his hitting streak to seven games and improving his batting average to .348. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was carted off the field in excruciating pain.

• The Phillies, with two starter-caliber outfielders already on the disabled list in Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, got more bad news in the seventh when leftfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins got hit with a 97-mph fastball by Marlins reliever Brian Ellington.

Hoskins, who was struck on the right hand, stayed in the game to run but was taken out midway through the bottom of the inning on a double switch.

He finished the night 3 for 3, falling a triple short of the cycle. His homer was his 12th of the season, ending a five-game drought.

• In three starts against the Marlins this year, Nola is 0-3 with a 10.85 ERA. Overall this season, Nola has been strong, entering Saturday night’s start with a 10-9 record and a 3.46 ERA.

Nola allowed a pair of homers Saturday, to Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors with 52 long balls, and to Marcell Ozuna, who has 32 and drove in four runs on the night.  

• The pitches Nola threw that resulted in the homers did not appear to be awful. Instead, credit is due to Stanton and Ozuna.

The 1-1 pitch to Stanton, a 92-mph fastball, was possibly a strike but very low in the zone. The 1-1 pitch to Ozuna, a 91-mph fastball, was inside and tight. But Ozuna somehow got his hands out and pulled the ball.

• Entering the game, Stanton was 3 for 6 with a double and a homer in his career against Nola. That first homer was recent – Aug. 22 in Philadelphia.

Ozuna was 4 for 13 with one homer against Nola entering Saturday. Ozuna went 4 for 5 with four RBIs on Saturday, although not all that damage was against Nola.

• Credit Hoskins on his homer as well. The pitch from Dan Straily was an 84-mph breaking ball that caught too much of the plate. Still, for young hitters especially, hitting a big-league breaking ball is often the hardest thing to do.

• Nick Williams, who tripled twice at Marlins Park on July 19, hit another three-bagger Saturday. This one was a three-run triple in the eighth, closing the Phillies’ deficit to 10-8. The Phillies got to within 10-9 on a Daniel Nava RBI single.

• Of Williams’ four triples this year, three have been hit at Marlins Park. In addition, he has 33 RBIs this season, placing him among the top three NL rookies in that category.

This was Williams’ first three-RBI game since July 24 against the Houston Astros.

• Rookie Drew Steckenrider of Miami got his first career save with a scoreless ninth, striking out the final two batters … a fitting end on a painful Phillies night.

Pedro Florimon suffers gruesome ankle injury against Marlins

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Pedro Florimon suffers gruesome ankle injury against Marlins

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MIAMI — The Phillies, already with two outfielders on the disabled list, lost another one Saturday night when Pedro Florimon suffered a dislocated right ankle. His season is over.

Florimon, starting in center field, beat out an infield hit to the hole at shortstop in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to seven games. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was in obvious pain.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as Florimon had to be carried onto a cart and taken off the field.

Hyun Soo Kim ran for Florimon.

In the bottom of the second, Nick Williams took Florimon’s spot in center. Kim replaced Williams in right.

The silver lining for the Phillies is Odubel Herrera, who had been the starter in center until suffering a hamstring injury on Aug. 14, may be ready to return.

Herrera went 2 for 2 with a home run in a rehab game Thursday. For the Phillies this season, Herrera is hitting .287 with 36 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and a .799 OPS.

Florimon, 30, is hitting .348 with an .866 OPS in 15 games with the Phillies. This is his first year with the Phillies, but manager Pete Mackanin had praised him Friday, saying he hoped Florimon would have a role with the team in 2018.

“His versatility, his experience, he’s played in the big leagues before,” Mackanin said when asked what he liked about Florimon. “He’s a professional player.  

“I like him as a centerfielder. I like him at shortstop. He’s a good defensive player. He’s very athletic. He’s sure-handed. He has good instincts. He’s a switch-hitter with occasional pop. … He’d be a good guy to keep around.”

Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch on the hand in the top of the seventh inning. While he stayed in the game until the bottom of the inning, he was removed in a double switch after the Phillies fell down 10-4.