May 12 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have placed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain.
Velasquez, 26, is 1-2 with a 3.87 ERA in seven games (six starts) this season. He has struck out 32 hitters in 30.1 innings.
A timetable for his return has not been announced.
"This is precautionary, from my standpoint," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "He threw his bullpen at like 90 percent. I stood in for it. ... We just felt like he made all his starts last year and has been very durable for us since I've been here. It made sense to just be a little conservative on this one."
Philadelphia started rookie southpaw Cole Irvin Sunday afternoon in Velasquez's place. Irvin allowed one run and five hits in seven innings as the Phillies beat the Royals, 6-1.
Philadelphia currently leads the NL East Divison with a 23-16 record. The Phillies have won seven of their last 10 games.