Clay Buchholz's first season with the Phillies may be in jeopardy.
The right-hander had successful surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, the team announced Tuesday. The operation, which will require approximately four to six months of recovery time, was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Philadelphia placed Buchholz on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled right-hander Zach Eflin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place.
Buchholz was pulled from his start April 11 vs. the Mets after attempting to pitch through pain in his pitching arm.
The 32-year-old, who missed the final 2 1/2 months of 2015 with a similar injury, made just two starts for Philadelphia. He went 0-1 while allowing 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Eflin, who went 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Phillies in 2016, is scheduled to start Tuesday night's game against the Mets.
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