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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.

Vince Velasquez has surgery and get this, it was indeed successful

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Vince Velasquez has surgery and get this, it was indeed successful

Vince Velasquez underwent surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger. And get this, it was successful. 

Has any pro athlete ever had an unsuccessful surgery?

Either way, Velasquez took to Instagram to thank the fans for supporting him.

And as the Founding Fathers wrote in the Bill of Rights, any Philly athlete must use the #trusttheprocess.

Velasquez left his last start on August 10, after surrendering three runs in just one inning. A week and a half later, the Phils placed the flamethrower on the 60-day DL, ending his season. 

Velasquez went 2-7 with a 5.13 ERA, but again continued to struggle with his command and ability to get batters out.

After some pause, Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to address blood flow issue

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After some pause, Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to address blood flow issue

Vince Velasquez will in fact have surgery.

Last week, the Phillies' right-hander was set to undergo a procedure to address a vascular issue, but plans changed ... for the time being.

"I just want to get a second opinion," Velasquez said last Friday. "Who wants to jump to conclusions too quick? I mean, if you have options to choose from."

The second opinion was had in Dallas on Tuesday, and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that Velasquez is headed for surgery.

A timetable for the procedure is to be determined.

The 25-year-old was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 22 after tests revealed a blood flow issue in his pitching arm that has caused numbness and bruising in his right middle finger. 

"There's some kind of pinch, I guess, and it's limiting blood flow to the tip of my finger," Velasquez said last Friday. "There may be some loose cartilage or something down there at the tip of my finger that's preventing it from having that blood flow."

The issue forced him to exit his start on Aug. 10 after one inning, which turned out to be the final outing of his 2017 campaign. Velasquez, though, was optimistic last week — surgery or not — about his prospects for 2018.

"Yes, 100 percent," he said. "It's very minor. I'll definitely be ready for spring training. The recovery is quick."

Velasquez, acquired in the December 2015 Ken Giles trade, is 10-13 with a 4.48 ERA in 39 starts with the Phillies over parts of the last two seasons.

In other injury matters Thursday, right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (right hand) was placed on the 10-day DL, while outfielders Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr — both recovering from hamstring injuries — began rehab assignments with Double A Reading (see story).