Phillies starter Zach Eflin has battled a sore knee during his last couple of starts and on Tuesday, the Phillies finally gave in and admitted he needed a break. Eflin went on the 15-day IL with what is being termed a bruised right knee, but he is hopeful of making his stay on the IL a short one.

“We’re going to take five to seven days off and let it calm down,” Eflin told reporters prior to Tuesday night’s game against Atlanta. “Every fifth day is just kind of bringing the soreness back so the thought process is let it calm down and be back to 100-percent as opposed to dealing with it for 10 or 15 starts. This is the right decidsion. Instead of grinding through 10 or 15 starts, get it out of the way so I’ll be good to go the rest of the way.”

Unfortunately, Eflin is no stranger to knee issues. The right hander had both knees operated on in 2016 and following last season had surgery to correct the patellar tendon in his right knee. Fortunately, an MRI revealed that there is no damage to the tendon or any other structural part of the knee, showing instead a bruise to the area under the knee cap. The injury occurred back on June 9th when Eflin twisted the knee making a fielding play against Milwaukee.

The 28-year old is a pending free agent following the season and reached an agreement with the Phillies a month ago to avoid arbitration. The agreement will pay Eflin just over $6-million for the 2022 season, but also includes incentive clauses allowing him to escalate the contract.

The Phillies will recall lefty Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley to start Friday against St. Louis. The Phillies will have to make a roster move which will likely target an outfielder, in order to activate Falter. Eflin’s spot on the roster was taken by outfielder Oscar Mercado who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians earlier in the day.