Zach Eflin - Zach Eflin came down late in the year with an oblique injury, and this was after a really strong start from the big right-hander. Eflin had a rocky start, but his slider usage went up. If Eflin is healthy, he is a solid middle rotation arm if he shows what he did last year. He is a young arm, and the lingering arm issues for a slider happy pitcher could result in more trouble. Keep an eye on Eflin early in the year, some discomfort could lead to surgery.
2007 was one of the worst years for the Phillies in terms of injuries. We saw Jon Lieber rupture a tendon in his right foot, and then Scott Mathieson had Tommy John surgery prior to the season, but had a setback mid year. Chase Utley broke his hand, and Cole Hamels was also on the DL a few times with elbow discomfort. Mathieson never quite recovered, opting for another surgery the very next season. The Phillies bullpen in 2009 was ravished by injuries, as J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge both had surgery on their elbow.
Things did not get better as next season Ryan Madson needed surgery on his big toe, which caused him to miss the first half of the season. Chase Utley was starting to develop more injuries later in his career, and it had to do with his thumb ligament back in 2010. Towards the second half of that season, Brad Lidge and Jamie Moyer both hit the 60-day DL with injuries that would cause them to retire.
Jose Contreras had a really rough stint in Philly as he had surgery on his elbow in 2012, which was early on. A few weeks later they went back and had to do surgery again. Contreras didn’t quite come back the same after back-to-back surgeries, which you would expect. After Ryan Howard’s big contract, we saw him go down with a major injury in 2013. His knee was giving him trouble all year, and he finally hit the DL to miss the second half of the season.