Phillies Health Check: Zach Eflin's Elbow Checks Out Fine, Roman Quinn's Does Not

ATLANTA - The news is good on pitcher Zach Eflin, iffy on outfielder Roman Quinn.

Both players had an MRI examination on their achy elbows in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Eflin received a clean bill of health.

"There are no concerns with the ligament," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "There is just some mild inflammation. He'll begin throwing again next week."

The MRI on Quinn's left elbow revealed an injury to the ulna collateral ligament. More will be known on the severity of the injury when Quinn gets a second opinion from orthopedist James Andrews, who is an expert on injuries to the UCL. Andrews deals with many of those injuries on pitchers. A ruptured UCL requires Tommy John surgery.

Quinn, 24, injured his elbow diving into third base while playing in a game for Triple A Lehigh Valley last week. He was hitting .274 with a .344 on-base percentage in 45 games at Triple A. The Phillies are very high on Quinn, a speedy outfielder, but his injury history is a major concern. He has missed significant time in every season since 2013.

Eflin, 23, experienced some right elbow soreness while pitching for Lehigh Valley on Saturday at Louisville.

Eflin felt the soreness in the fourth inning. He was removed after that inning. He gave up eight hits and four runs in the game. That start was Eflin's first back at Triple A. His previous eight starts came in the majors and he went 0-3 with a 6.13 ERA. He struggled badly in his final three starts with the big club, giving up 22 runs in 15 innings.

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