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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.”

Home Opener Postponed to Tuesday

Nationals Phillies BaseballThe Phillies have postponed Monday’s home opener at Citizens Bank Park because of a forecast for “considerable rain.”

The game against the Brewers has been moved to Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET, when the weather is supposed to be better.

“It makes sense to me with the clean weather after that,” Ryne Sandberg said following Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “Especially Opening Day. That’s always a big deal. To have that misfire and not be a big deal would be disappointing to everybody. I think it’s smart, very smart. I’m totally on board with it.”

The Phillies said tickets for Monday will be honored for Tuesday, which was an open date on the Phillies’ schedule to accommodate the possibility of inclement weather. All gates, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 1:35 p.m.

Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick remains scheduled to start the home opener, but the postponement affects the team’s starting-pitching plans later in the week. The Phillies now need a fifth starter Saturday instead of next Sunday.

Ruben Amaro Jr. mentioned two choices: right-hander Jonathan Pettibone or right-hander David Buchanan, who was one of Spring Training’s best performers. Pettibone pitched Sunday afternoon for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, allowing four hits, three runs, one walk and striking out two in five innings against Pawtucket. Buchanan is scheduled to pitch Tuesday. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out five in six scoreless innings last week against Pawtucket. Right-hander Jeff Manship is in the Phillies’ bullpen. He also had a nice spring and has started in the past.

“We’ll have some conversations about that,” Sandberg said.

If Buchanan pitches, he would be pitching on short rest.

“It wouldn’t be ideal, but we could,” Amaro said.

“That could be a tough task,” Sandberg said. “But we’ll see how we manage that and see what the smart thing to do is and who the best candidate would be. We have a couple guys in mind. We’ll have conversations.”

If the Phillies decide to pitch Buchanan on short rest, they also would need to place him on the 40-man roster. The roster is currently at its limit, so they would need to make room for him.

The Phillies said home opener pregame festivities, including the Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party and on-field performances, will take place Tuesday. The Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party will now begin at 1 p.m. Standing room only tickets will go on sale at noon Tuesday at the first-base ticket windows. The game will be broadcast live on MLB.TV and NBC10 and will air on WPHT (1210 AM), SportsRadio 94 WIP (94.1 FM) and in Spanish on WTTM (1680 AM).

Pettibone to DL, Ramirez DFA’d

The Phillies made a few roster moves before tonight’s series opener against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

They placed right-hander Jonathan Pettibone on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. They officially recalled Triple-A Lehigh Valley right-hander Ethan Martin, who makes his big-league debut tonight.

Right-hander J.C. Ramirez has been designated for assignment. Right-hander Zach Miner had his contract selected from Triple-A.

Pettibone said last night he had some tightness in his arm, but hoped to pitch next week.

Pettibone Shows Control; Offense Shoots Blanks

Jonathan PettiboneFrom Elias Sports Bureau: Jonathan Pettibone allowed two runs, no walks and struck out six in a 3-2 victory last night over the Pirates. Only two other Phillies pitchers have registered at least six strikeouts without a walk in their big-league debut: Charles Hudson on May 31, 1983 (eight strikeouts against the Dodgers) and Carlton Loewer on June 14, 1998 (eight strikeouts against the Cubs).

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I’d say Pettibone earned another start.

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The game never should have been so close, but the offense continues to putter along in the clutch. They were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position last night. They are hitting .250 (22-for-88) with RISP since April 10, which ranks 17th in baseball and ninth in the National League. Remove a 6-for-11 effort against the Cardinals on Friday and they’re hitting just .208 (16-for-77) with RISP. The Phillies also are hitting .133 (2-for-15) with the bases loaded this season. That ranks 25th in baseball and 14th in the National League.

Lannan Down, Who’s Up?

Tyler CloydThe Phillies placed John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list today because of a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel said Lannan could miss six to eight weeks.

“It’s a fairly serious injury,” Amaro said. “I know John was upset about it, but there’s not much you can do other than rehab it and come back as soon as possible.”

The Phillies are expected to call up a relief pitcher tomorrow to temporarily take Lannan’s spot on the 25-man roster. A replacement for his spot in the rotation is expected to be announced before Monday’s game against the Pirates, which would have been Lannan’s turn to pitch.

The Phillies have options in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but their best option there might be left-hander Adam Morgan and he pitched today in Pawtucket. Amaro said right-handers Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin also will be considered. Amaro said Double-A Reading prospect Jesse Biddle is not an option. He also said the Phillies could look outside the organization to find a replacement, although he said the choice likely will come from Triple-A.

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Cook Released; Triple-A Rotation Practically Set

Aaron CookThe Phillies entered Spring Training with veterans Aaron Cook and Rodrigo Lopez expected to pitch in the Triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation.

Both are gone.

They released Lopez last week and they released Cook today The Phillies had a noon deadline today on Cook. They had to promise him a spot on the 25-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to pitch in Triple-A or release him. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said after a discussion with Cook’s agent they decided to release him.

“We decided that was the best thing to do,” Proefrock said. “It was our decision. But I think Ruben (Amaro Jr.) was cognizant and considerate of the player’s feelings of the circumstances.”

Cook went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances, but went 13-29 with a 5.54 ERA the previous three seasons, including 20 strikeouts in 18 starts last season with the Red Sox. Cook’s departure sets up a Triple-A rotation with right-handers Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin and B.J. Rosenberg and left-hander Adam Morgan, although Proefrock said nothing has been finalized.

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