After Thursday night’s game, rookie pitcher Jonathan Pettibone said he will be shut down for three-to-six weeks after an MRI showed inflammation in his right rotator cuff with no structural damage.
Down for such a period of time would likely put the pitcher out for the rest of the season, Pettibone reasoned.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Friday reiterated Pettibone’s MRI findings, adding that the pitcher will travel to Los Angeles to have a second opinion from orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
“We’re going to be cautious with Jonathan. We don’t want to mess around with him too much,” Amaro said. “He has inflammation of his rotator cuff and some of the normal changes on his labrum that normally happen at this stage of his career, so we’re going to shut him down.”
Pettibone went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts in his rookie year. He had 66 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Ryan Howard continued to work out in Clearwater, Fla. as he recovers from knee surgery. But as far as a return to action this season, it all depends on how much actual baseball action the slugger sees during his rehab.
“We’ll try to get him in some simulated games,” Amaro said, “but I don’t know how realistic that is.”
Before Thursday’s game, manager Ryne Sandberg thought the best approach for Howard would be for him to continue to work out with the intention of getting in shape for spring training and the 2014 season (see story).
“For me, I think Ryan, from here forward and the offseason, it’s about getting into the top baseball shape he can be in,” Sandberg said Thursday. “He was hampered some with the injury and I don’t know if he ever got back into true baseball shape.
With him being healthy and having the whole offseason and spring training ahead of him, I think he can get to that. Baseball shape, getting trimmed up into a weight that’s a playing weight, along with having his knee behind him. I think he favored that this year, not really having his leg strength all the time with his batting.”
Elsewhere on the injury front, Roy Halladay will make his third rehab appearance on Sunday at Double A Reading. Outfielder Ben Revere is scheduled to do some running in the pool as well as some more weight-bearing exercise as he recovers from a broken ankle.
“We hope to have him back sometime in September,” Amaro said about Revere.
Finally, lefty reliever Joe Savery needed just nine pitches to get through one inning of his rehab outing for the Gulf Coast League Phillies Friday and will pitch another rehab outing for Single A Clearwater on Sunday.