Foltynewicz has been on the DL for one month after being diagnosed with bone spurs in his pitching elbow. An MRI showed no structural damage and he was assured it would not put him at risk of further injury to pitch with the condition, as long as he was comfortable and didn’t alter his pitching mechanics.
He said after his rehab start Saturday that he felt good mentally and physically.
Teheran ranks second among major league starters in WHIP (walks-plus-hits per inning pitched) at 0.89, ninth in ERA (2.46) and seventh in innings (106). He’s on pace to top his career-high 221 innings in 2014, after totaling 200 2/3 innings last season (his second-highest total).
Teheran has pitched well on extra rest in the past, including his last start Saturday when he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Mets on two extra days’ rest.
Moving Teheran back to Friday means he would make two starts before the All-Star break instead of the three he would’ve made if he’d stayed on schedule. Instead of starting Thursday, then July 5 at Philadelphia and July 10 at Chicago (White Sox) in the last game before the break, he would presumably start Friday and then make only one more start before the break, that on July 6 at Philadelphia.
If that’s the case, Teheran’s chances of being named to the All-Star team would likely increase, since All-Star managers choose pitchers they know will be rested enough for their teams to permit them to pitch in the All-Star game (July 12).