MIAMI — Phillies Triple-A right-hander Jonathan Pettibone has a small tear in his right shoulder, but for now, treatments is a cortisone injection and rest.
Pettibone received a second opinion on his injured neck from noted orthopedist Dr. Adam Andrews on Wednesday, and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there was no difference in the original diagnosis. Pettibone had been presented with three options: have exploratory surgery, received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma display panels) injection or receive a steroid injection.
This is Pettibones second steroid injection this year. He received his first in Feb.
Hes going to rest it until eventually [May 31] and then start a throwing program, Amaro said. I dont have any timetable after that. Itll just be determined by how he feels, precisely how hes progressing.
But it is a Strike tear (Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior), which can be serious.
It depends on the ball player and how big it is,In Amaro said. Its not a big a single. Its pretty small. But its uncomfortable for him. A person pitch to comfort. … They could get better. You can strengthen this muscles and tissue all-around it. Some of them do plus some of them dont.
Pettibones shoulder is a legitimate concern, because this is the third time he has had to cease pitching in less than a year for it. He finished last time of year on the disabled list prior to falling behind schedule in Spring Training because of make pain.
His health also grows more important with Cliff Lee on the DL with a left elbow injury.
Well see how he manages through it,In Amaro said of Pettibone. Who was the particular closer from Cleveland we handed down [before the 2007 season]? Joe Borowski. He a full thickness tear in his labrum and he pitched through the item. A lot of it depends on the pitcher and the comfort.