Eflin confirmed on his own Twitter that he started a throwing program and is “pain free”. It was his first time throwing since undergoing surgery months ago to repair the patella tendons in both of his knees. Eflin also fractured his right foot but did not receive surgery for it.
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First day of throwing in the books! Felt amazing getting out there pain free. Truly blessed with the people I have supporting and guiding me
The 22-year old Eflin pitched 131.1 innings in 2016 between Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the majors. He was impressive with the Ironpigs as he logged a 2.90 ERA and an even better 2.55 FIP (fielding-independent pitching) in 11 starts.
When Eflin reached the majors, he started off poorly as he allowed nine runs to the Blue Jays. The righty turned in two complete games, including a shutout against the Pirates that helped Philadelphia to the biggest upset of the year according to Fangraphs. Eflin had three more starts allowing more than six runs before going on the shelf. He finished the season with a 5.54 ERA in 11 major-league starts.
Seeing Eflin make this first step in his recovery is definitely a sign in the positive direction. If he keeps throwing pain-free, he will definitely be ready for spring training in 2017 and compete for a spot in the major-league rotation.