Phillies starter Zach Eflin underwent season-ending surgery to repair a patella tendon Friday, according to PhillyVoice.com’s Ryan Lawrence.
While Philadelphia is hoping Eflin will be healthy by Spring Training, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and might undergo a similar procedure on his left knee.
Eflin was placed on the disabled list earlier this month but has reportedly been plagued by knee issues since he was a child, Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak told Lawrence.
Eflin worked his way through San Diego’s system but was traded to the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp deal and then to Philadelphia in the Jimmy Rollins trade.
Since Eflin, 22, pitched to a 2.90 ERA in Triple-A, he was given an opportunity to start with the Phillies. Over 63.1 innings, though, he hasn’t fared well, pitching to a 5.54 ERA and 5.48 FIP.
Eflin is the second starter to be shut down after Aaron Nola was sidelined with a flexor strain and UCL sprain.