Phillies' Eickhoff to make major league debut Friday at Marlins
The Philadelphia Phillies will get a look at one of the chips from the Cole Hamels deal on Friday night when right-hander Jerad Eickhoff makes his major league debut at the Miami Marlins.
Eickhoff, among five prospects acquired from the Texas Rangers along with pitcher Matt Harrison in exchange for Hamels, earned the promotion after going 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
"I try not to look too much in the future," Eickhoff told reporters. "I'm just going to try to keep it rolling and keep doing what I've been doing and hope everything works out."
The 25-year-old right-hander's start comes one day after Darnell Sweeney, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in the Chase Utley deal, made his major league debut. Sweeney popped up in a pinch-hit appearance in Thursday's 9-7 loss to the Marlins.
Sweeney batted 271 with nine homers and 49 RBIs while leading the Pacific Coast League with 32 stolen bases. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Sweeney will see time at both second and third base in a reserve role.