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Dontrelle Willis is hurting and “horse(bleep)”

Mar 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater Reuters

Dontrelle Willis struggled today in his second appearance of spring training, allowing four runs, and afterward told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I was horse[bleep].”

Willis also indicated that he was pitching through some arm fatigue–which isn’t a great sign so early in camp–and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’ll be “checked out” by team doctors tomorrow for a “sore arm.”

Willis hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2006 and posted a 5.00 ERA with 37 walks in 76 innings for the Reds last season, yet got a one-year, $1 million contract from the Phillies to serve as their left-handed specialist.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    “I was horse sh**.

    Now that’s an awesome quote.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Have we made the t-shirts yet?

  3. mdpickles - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Time to pick up the bat D-Train and see if you can still hit.

  4. ame123 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    The ‘$1 million contract from the Phillies’ is really $850,000 and its non-guaranteed.

    • wetmorepsu12 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      part of it becomes guaranteed on march 17, though.

  5. bjavie - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    There’s obviously nothing to back this up, so I guess it’s just my gut feeling, but….

    I think we are going to be very pleased in the end. D-train is going to have an awesome year out of the ‘pen. Think JC about 3-4 years ago. #revival!!

  6. rob0527 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Well maybe he could play the outfield like the other failed pitcher does.(Rick Anxiel)

  7. holleywood9 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I think roids would help to just as they helped Rick. And I think we haven’t heard much from him since that report came out.

    • vivabear - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Ankiel received a shipment of HGH from an anti-aging clinic. I believe this was to help him recover from Tommy John surgery. We didn’t hear much from him before this was discovered either…since he’s not done much of note since his rookie season. If HGH has helped his batting in anyway, I would hate to think what it would have been like without it.

  8. wetmorepsu12 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    dontrelle looked awful today. from dubee’s comments, i’d be surprised to see him make the opening day roster

  9. holleywood9 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Vivabear. Knowing what we know about how hgh has been taken across MLB how can u state this was an isolated incident. If he did it to recover he def did it to gain an edge when healthy. U probably believe Clemens didn’t do it, “it was his wife’s”, and believe that the Mitchell report was only as deep as the scandals went.

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