Pettibone declines surgery; Buchanan likely Saturday pitcher

Pettibone declines surgery; Buchanan likely Saturday pitcher

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May 22, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Jonathan Pettibone opted to get an injection instead of surgery for a torn labrum, the Phillies announced. (AP Images)

MIAMI -- The Phillies have not yet named a starting pitcher to take Cliff Lee's place on Saturday. In all likelihood, David Buchanan will get the call from Triple A.

Earlier this season, when the Phillies needed to bring up a pitcher from Triple A, Jonathan Pettibone got the call.

Pettibone is not under consideration for Saturday’s start because he is on the disabled list with continued soreness in his right shoulder. The problem started last July and cost Pettibone the final two months of the 2013 season.

Pettibone recently saw team doctors and they diagnosed a small tear in the labrum, the cartilage rim inside his shoulder. Pettibone was examined by top orthopedist James Andrews on Wednesday and, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Andrews confirmed the Phillies’ diagnosis.

The pitcher was given three options: Have surgery, have a platelet-rich plasma injection, or have an anti-inflammatory injection. Pettibone chose the route that would put him back on the mound the quickest: He had the anti-inflammatory injection and will rest until the end of the month then begin a throwing program designed to get him back on the mound.

Pettibone, who turns 24 in July, also had an anti-inflammatory injection in late February as he rehabbed his way back onto the mound.

“He was given all the options and he made the decision,” Amaro said. “He’s going to rest until the end of the month. There’s no timeline for when he’ll be ready.”

Amaro referred to the tear in Pettibone’s labrum as an irregularity.

“He’s had it,” Amaro said. “A lot of pitchers have these irregularities and pitch through them. They can get better. You also can strengthen the muscles and tissue around it.

“Jonathan’s is pretty small, but it was uncomfortable for him. Basically it’s how long can he manage through it.”

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