The Philadelphia Phillies have shut down young starter Vince Velasquez for the season following his seven-inning outing on Saturday night.
Velasquez, 24, threw a career-high 131 innings this year for the Phillies.
"I completely understood from the beginning [what the plan was]," Velasquez said after earning a no-decision Saturday. "It was a big workload on my arm. It had a toll on me, so I completely understand this decision."
Velasquez's final performance was an impressive one, as the right-hander allowed two earned runs and struck out eight in the team's 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
He finishes his first season in Philadelphia 8-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 152 strikeouts. Perhaps the highlight of his season came in April when he struck out a career-high 16 batters in a complete-game shutout of the San Diego Padres.
Velasquez figures to be a key component of a young, talented and developing starting rotation in Philadelphia that also features Zach Eflin, Jerad Eickhoff and Aaron Nola, all of whom are 25 years old or younger.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez says he understands shutdown
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