Stiff shoulder shelves Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone

Posted: February 18, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Pettibone will be temporarily shut down while battling tightness in his right shoulder.

Pettibone did not take the mound with the rest of his throwing group yesterday morning at the Carpenter Complex. Afterward, he said he felt the soreness in the "last couple" of bullpen sessions.

"It started to act up when I started to crank it up . . . I started to feel it a little," said Pettibone, who added that he has thrown four or five bullpen sessions since beginning to throw last month.

Pettibone, 23, went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie in the Phillies' rotation last year. Pettibone's first season ended early, however, when he was placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain at the end of July.

"It's kind of like the early stages of what happened last year," Pettibone said, "so we figured we'd stop it early, jump on it with anti-inflammatories and hopefully get it before it gets too serious."

Pettibone does not have a timetable for when he expects to throw off the mound again. He also doesn't expect to get an MRI.

Pettibone entered camp competing with Roberto Hernandez, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Ethan Martin for the final spot in a starting rotation that includes Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick.

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