It is now moderately September, giving injuries less time to recover than ever. For a team that won't make the playoffs anyway, anyone with lingering health issues may find themselves shut down to get a leg (or arm or shoulder or oblique) up on next year.
Mario Hollands left his last appearance, Wednesday against the Braves, with "elbow tightness," something that seemed it could send him to the 2014 forever-DL. Today, it was confirmed.
Mario Hollands on the 60-day DL with a grade 2 flexor strain. #Phillies select Sean O'Sullivan's contract. He'll be available Sat. in WSH.— Stephen Gross (@SteveGrossMCall) September 5, 2014
Sean O'Sullivan. The human white flag.
After 50 games, 47 IP, 45 H, 43 R, 35 SO, and 21 BB, Mario Hollands is finished. He became part of a solid Phillies bullpen, and pitched a lot, but may have been slightly overshadowed by that sexy Ken Giles 101 m.p.h. heater.
It was Holland's control of a 93-95 m.p.h. fastball that got him onto the roster (that, and being left-handed) after rolling into training camp as a "why not" non-roster invitee. Silver lining is that his absence will be paved over with the additions of Mike Adams, MAG, and Luis Garcia to the roster.