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Jonathan Pettibone experiencing more shoulder soreness

Feb 16, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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The A.J. Burnett signing is sounding more and more important for the Phillies with every piece of pitcher-related news that comes out, it seems. At around the same time the Phillies handed a contract to Burnett, they announced that Cole Hamels wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day due to shoulder tendinitis.

Now, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Jonathan Pettibone is feeling shoulder discomfort again. GM Ruben Amaro said the injury is “similar, but not as severe” as the shoulder injury that brought Pettibone’s season to an end in late July last season.

Pettibone on his injury:

“It’s kind of the early stages of what happened last year,” he said. “So it’s good that we stop it early and jump on some anti-inflammatories and hopefully get it before it gets too serious.”

Pettibone was expected to compete for the #5 spot in the rotation along with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Roberto Hernandez. The Phillies’ pitching depth is razor-thin as it is, having also learned in January that Adam Morgan will miss most of the 2014 season.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    The Phillies are unarmed!

    • deepstblu - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      More like disarmed!

  2. spudchukar - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    This is why Boras generally gets his guys the bucks even if they have to wait.

  3. 78mu - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    We’ll know the Phils are desperate when they have Howard try pitching.

    Babe Ruth in reverse.

  4. toodrunktotastethischicken - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Should take a flyer on a guy like Jair Jurrjens. I’m sure they could get him on a minor league deal and maybe “Old School” McClure can help him catch lightning in a bottle, plus he’s only 28.

  5. tuberippin - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Razor-thin?

    Lee-Burnett-Hamels-Kendrick-Gonzalez, with Hernandez available for spot starts and long relief.

    Not exactly a wealth of pitching or crazy depth, but not razor-thin either. Certainly a few clubs would qualify as “razor-thin” before the Phils (Baltimore, Milwaukee, arguably both Chicago ball clubs, Cleveland, Colorado, Houston, LAA, Toronto).

    • bankboy2012 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Factor in that Hamels probably won’t start the season on the active list, Kendrick is consistent in his inconsistency, Gonzalez has yet to pitch a professional inning and Hernandez has been what can generously be called awful in 6 of his 8 seasons.

      Not razor-thin in terms of bodies, but after Lee and Burnett it gets a little dicey if Hamels is out any length of time beyond April.

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