Friday, February 19, 2016

Jerad Eickhoff sidelined with a fractured right thumb


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
February 19, 2016, 2:15 P.M. EST

Jerad Eickhoff revealed on Friday that he injured his right thumb while participating in bunting drills prior to the start of camp. 

The right-hander has thrown on the side, but has yet to pitch off a mound. 

X-rays revealed a slight fracture, though he believes he'll be fine by the start of the season. 

"I took a hard ball - it was off the [pitching] machine - up and in," Eickhoff said. "I tried to kind of get out of the way of it, but at the same time my thumb came off the bat and it grazed my thumb. It kind bruised it pretty good, knocked it back. So I’ve just been kind of easing back into it I guess you could say."

Manager Pete Mackanin didn't seem too concerned with the news.

"He shouldn't be too far behind," Mackanin said. "It's going to set him back a little, but not much."

Eickhoff, acquired by the Phillies from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels deal last season, made eight starts and compiled a 2.65 ERA to go along with a 1.04 WHIP.

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