Found October 12, 2013 on
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The Philadelphia Phillies had very few bright spots in the 2013 season, which saw them fall to 73-89. But one of those bright spots, despite some injury problems, was the emergence of rookie pitcher Jonathan Pettibone.
Pettibone was called up to the Phillies in April when injuries started to hit the starting rotation. It didn’t appear at the time that his time with the Phillies would be long lived, but he made 18 starts, despite missing the final two months of the season with a sore shoulder.
As reported by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Pettibone was diagnosed with tendinitis in his rotator cuff and biceps tendon in July. After a few minor-league rehab starts in August, he was still sore, so he was shut down for the rest of the season. Three weeks ago, Pettibone began a throwing program in Florida.
Pettibone admits the call up to the Majors came as a surprise to him.
“I got called up sooner than I anticipated,” Pettibone said earlier this week at the Phils’ minor-league complex in Clearwater, where he continues to rehab his shoulder.
“The goal was to stay as long as possible. The goal each start was to keep them in the game as much as possible. I felt if I did that the chances would be greater they’d want me around more because nothing was really promised for me besides that first start.”
Pettibone is confident he can come back healthy when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in February. With Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels the only locks in the starting rotation, Pettibone knows there are spots to be won and feels confident he can win one of those spots.
“I think I gave them an idea of what I can do,” Pettibone said of his 18 starts in 2013. “I need to show them I’m healthy. There are spots open.”
Pettibone was 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts. He threw 100 1/3 innings, allowed 109 hits and 45 earned runs. He struck out 66 and walked 38.
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