By Sam Bush
The Phillies scratched Zack Wheeler from a weekend start after he hurt the nail of his right middle finger on Wednesday while putting on his pants.
“You can’t make this up,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Wheeler was scheduled to start on Saturday against the Marlins, but Girardi said he will not pitch until Monday at the earliest.
“It’s very sore,” Girardi said.
The $118 million Wheeler will be replaced Saturday by Spencer Howard, who was scheduled to start one of Friday’s two games.
The Phillies will start Aaron Nola in the first game on tonight and use a cast of relievers to piece together the second game.
Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin will start the doubleheader on Sunday while the Phillies hope Wheeler can pitch Monday.
Zack Wheeler was scratched from his start this weekend because he has a problem with his middle finger. Caught his nail yesterday putting on his pants. “Can’t make this up,” Joe Girardi said. Phillies hope he can pitch Monday.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) September 11, 2020