Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is likely to be fit for Opening Day despite suffering a broken right thumb.
Eickhoff broke his thumb last week during bunting practice at the indoor cages of the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Florida.
Eickhoff, who has been diagnosed with a small, non-displaced fracture, hopes to begin throwing off the mount by next week.
“It was off the machine, up and in,” Eickhoff told reporters. “I tried to kind of get out of the way of it, but at the same time my thumb came off the bat and it grazed my thumb. It kind of bruised it pretty good.”
Meanwhile, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is convinced that Eickhoff will be ready for the team’s first game of the 2016 MLB season, which comes against Cincinnati Reds on April 4.
“He shouldn’t be far behind, it’s going to set him back a little, but not much,” Mackanin said. “We expect him to be fine.”