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Velasquez has mild flexor strain

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez has struggled this season. Now, the starting pitcher acknowledged that he is suffering from a mild right elbow flexor strain.

Despite the “mild” injury, he’s still going to the disabled list. While he’s on the DL, the team is expected to put him through tests, including an MRI.

Vince Velasquez (Getty Images)

Vince Velasquez (Getty Images)

He left Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins in the second inning. The 24-year-old had reconstructive Tommy John surgery in 2010 — and this injury does not look good.

The team may keep him out longer than 10 days and put him on the 60-day DL to evaluate things. If he goes through another Tommy John surgery, he’s going to be out until at least May 2017 — possibly longer.

Velasquez was the key piece that the Phillies got from the Ken Giles trade in Dec. 2015.

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