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Franco Is Sore, but Says He’s Fine

FrancoMaikel Franco had his left elbow wrapped up this morning at Citi Field.

But at least he had a bat in his hands. At least he was headed to the batting cage to hit.

“I’m sore,” Franco said. “But I’ll be fine.”

Franco got hit with a 92 mph fastball just below the elbow in the ninth inning yesterday afternoon against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He was not in the Phillies’ lineup for today’s game against the Mets, but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after receiving treatment Franco might be available to pinch-hit.

“It’s not a big deal,” Mackanin said.

That should be a relief for the Phillies, who badly need Franco’s bat in the lineup. Franco hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts in three games this weeks against the Reds.

Andres Blanco started at third base Friday. He hit fifth.

Ruiz, Revere, Lee, Burnett Injury Updates

Russell Martin, Ben RevereThe Phillies announced four injury updates Wednesday:

  • Carlos Ruiz on Monday had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. Team physician Michael Ciccotti performed the surgery. Ruiz will begin his rehab immediately and will return to Philadelphia in one month for a follow-up exam. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
  • Ben Revere on Tuesday had surgery at the Rothman Institute to remove screws from his right ankle. Physician Steven Raikin performed the surgery. Revere will be in a walking boot for approximately two weeks and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
  • Cliff Lee on Friday had an MRI on his left elbow at the Rothman Institute. The team said the MRI showed positive results as his flexor tendon is healing well. Lee will begin a full throwing program in November and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
  • The Phillies are in the process of scheduling hernia surgery for right-hander A.J. Burnett. The club will have more information once the surgery has been scheduled.

Pettibone’s Health a Growing Concern

Jonathan PettiboneTriple-A right-hander Jonathan Pettibone has a small tear in his right shoulder, but for now the treatment is a cortisone injection and rest.

Pettibone received a second opinion yesterday on his injured shoulder from noted orthopedist James Andrews, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said there was no difference in the original diagnosis. Pettibone was presented with three options: have an exploratory scope, received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection or receive a cortisone injection.

This is Pettibone’s second cortisone injection this year. He received his first in February.

“He’s going to rest it until the 31st and then start a throwing program,” Amaro said. “I don’t have any timeline after that. It’ll just depend on how he feels, how he’s progressing.”

But it is a SLAP tear (Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior), which can be serious.

“It depends on the player and how big it is,” Amaro said. “It’s not a big one. It’s pretty small. But it’s uncomfortable for him. You pitch to comfort. … They can get better. You can strengthen the muscles and tissue around it. Some of them do and some of them don’t.”

Pettibone’s shoulder is a legitimate concern because this is the third time he has had to stop pitching in less than a year because of it. He finished last season on the disabled list before falling behind schedule in Spring Training because of shoulder pain.

His health also becomes more important with Cliff Lee on the disabled list with a left elbow injury.

“We’ll see how he manages through it,” Amaro said of Pettibone. “Who was the closer from Cleveland we passed on (before the 2007 season)? Joe Borowski. He had a full thickness tear in his labrum and he pitched through it. A lot of it depends on the pitcher and the comfort.”