MIAMI -- So much for Vince Velasquez building on that good outing last week against Colorado …
Velasquez exited Tuesday night's start against Miami in the second inning with what looked to be a hip injury. There was no immediate word from the Phillies, but television replays did show the right-hander grabbing his hip before he left the game with athletic trainer Scott Sheridan by his side.
Velasquez did suffer a noticeable drop in velocity on his fastball in the second inning. He fired at 94 mph in the first inning, but slipped several miles per hour in the second inning. He threw just 19 pitches before exiting. Mark Leiter Jr. took over.
Velasquez recorded only one out in the second inning. He allowed a leadoff homer to Marcell Ozuna (on a 90 mph fastball) and a booming double to Justin Bour (on an 88 mph fastball) to open the frame.
In his previous start, Velasquez pitched five innings of one-run ball against Colorado. He relied on a high, riding fastball in that game and was eager to employ the same approach against Miami on Tuesday night.
So much for that plan.
The Phillies are already down one starter with Zach Eflin having been sent to the minors. Ben Lively is likely to take that spot and pitch Saturday against San Francisco in Philadelphia.