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Phillies let Jonathan Pettibone opt against shoulder surgery

May 22, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone is on the Triple-A disabled list with a shoulder injury that dates back to last season and team doctors recently diagnosed him with a partially torn labrum, but he’s decided against having surgery.

For now, at least. This stuff almost never goes well and surgery is almost always required eventually. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Pettibone opted instead for an anti-inflammatory injection and rest, which is scheduled to last until at least the end of the month.

When asked about Pettibone’s decision to bypass surgery, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said:

He was given all the options and he made the decision. He’s going to rest until the end of the month. There’s no timeline for when he’ll be ready. He’s had it. A lot of pitchers have these irregularities and pitch through them. They can get better. You also can strengthen the muscles and tissue around it. Jonathan’s is pretty small, but it was uncomfortable for him. Basically it’s how long can he manage through it.

Something tells me I’ll be writing a “Jonathan Pettibone to undergo shoulder surgery” post at some point, but hopefully I’m wrong. He had a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts during his MLB debut for the Phillies last season and at age 23 has mid-rotation starter upside long term.

  1. nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I initially read Pettibone as Papelbon and my first thought was “Meh!”

  2. emdash01 - May 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I like making fun of the Phillies as much as the next person, but I’m not sure it makes sense here. If a player is adamant about trying to avoid surgery, there’s not really much a team can do about that.

    • scotttheskeptic - May 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      They are lining for the bulk discount. Two shoulders (Hamels and Pettibone) with a free elbow (Lee).

  3. don444 - May 23, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    Stupid on Pettibone’s part to delude himself as you will almost undoubtedly be writing an article about him preparing for shoulder surgery at some point in the foreseeable future. Oh well, one must never forget that these guys are world-class athletes while few of them are intellectual or particularly cerebral in any way.

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