CLEARWATER, Fla. - Rest did not heal the soreness in Jonathan Pettibone's right shoulder, so now the Phillies will inject him with cortisone. Pettibone will not throw for five days after the injection and the team hopes its 23-year-old starter can resume a normal program Saturday.
There could be a larger problem if the soreness persists. "I know that he was feeling better over the offseason," manager Ryne Sandberg said, "so we'll have to wait and see on that."
Pettibone is important to the Phillies, who are not blessed with a deep stockpile of starting pitching. They may need a fifth starter for April while Cole Hamels builds arm strength after biceps tendinitis. Pettibone, if healthy, could be that pitcher. He went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in an 18-game rookie season.