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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Mario Hollands exits with forearm tightness

By on 9/04/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday by the score of 7-4. The loss dropped the Phillies to 64-75 on the season, last in the National League East. Rookie relief pitcher Mario Hollands took the loss, allowing a run in 2/3 of an inning before leaving the game with tightness in his left forearm. While the Phillies have the day off tomorrow, Hollands will have his arm examined in Philadelphia by team doctors.

As reported by Jim Salisbury of, Hollands, who had been a nice find for the Phillies this season and pitched well, the injury yesterday was concerning. Hollands has never had an arm problem before, but said something didn't feel right. Fortunately he didn't feel anything pop.

He was not protected on the Phillies' 40-man roster last winter. Any team could have had him, but he remained with the Phillies and was impressive with good command of his mid-90s fastball.

The Phillies bullpen has been solid and the team added three relievers this week.  With the Phillies out of the playoff picture, Hollands may have thrown his last pitch of the season, regardless of what the doctors find when they examine his forearm.

Hollands is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances this season. In 47 innings, he's allowed 45 hits and only three home runs, with 21 walks and 35 strikeouts.

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