Phillies notes: Coonrod shut down after setback; Howard could pitch Monday


The Phillies have paused reliever Sam Coonrod's minor-league rehabilitation assignment after the right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from elbow tendinitis.

Coonrod has not pitched in the majors since June 23. He pitched Saturday and Wednesday for Lehigh Valley and felt discomfort on the outer aspect of the elbow.

Coonrod believes he knows what caused his initial problem as well as the recent flare-up. He changed the grip on his slider last month. Instead of holding his first two fingers together on the ball, he split them. He loved the sharpness that the grip added to the pitch, but it caused strain on his elbow. He says he will now ditch the grip.

"There's a few guys throwing it (around baseball)," Coonrod said. "I think Trevor Bauer invented it."

Coonrod's shutdown is expected to be brief.

"It'll be fine," he said.


The Phillies have not named a starter for Monday's game against Washington. Spencer Howard is likely to get the call. Chase Anderson is also a possibility.

Howard started Wednesday night in New York after Zach Eflin went on the injured list with right knee tendinitis. Eflin will miss at least one more start but he's making progress and could return late next week. 


Third baseman Alec Bohm was activated from the COVID-related IL for Friday night's game against Atlanta. He batted sixth in the lineup. 

Reliever Mauricio Llovera was sent back to Triple A.

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