Phillies Notes: Phillies reliever Mario Hollands exits with sore forearm

Mario Hollands
Mario Hollands
Posted: September 05, 2014

ATLANTA - Mario Hollands' season started in November, when he pitched for La Guaira Sharks in the Venezuelan winter league. The lefthander pitched there for a month and rested in January. He went to spring training in February, won a job with the Phillies, and threw fine until his left forearm stiffened Wednesday.

Phillies coaches noticed a problem in the fifth inning of a 7-4 loss to Atlanta. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan accompanied them to the mound. Hollands was removed.

"I thought I was feeling good for being such a long season," Hollands said. "It's more of a surprise because I thought the ball was coming out pretty good today. And I never really had any arm problems. Ever. So it's more of a shock. It's kind of a first-time thing for me."

Hollands will be examined Thursday by a team doctor in Philadelphia.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said he planned to monitor Hollands' workload in September because of his prolonged season. Hollands felt soreness on the 14th pitch he threw. He walked Chris Johnson on four pitches, the last one an 89-m.p.h. fastball, and that prompted alarm.

His season could be over, given the team's concern about his innings.

"We'll see how serious that is," Sandberg said. "He's had a long year pitching. We have to see if all that has caught up to him."

Hollands has a 4.40 ERA in 47 innings. His numbers against lefthanded hitters (a .610 OPS) are particularly good.

Hitless Howard

Ryan Howard started for the 34th time in 35 games since Sandberg benched him for three games in late July. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Howard was batting .224 with a .305 on-base percentage and a .377 slugging percentage at the time of his benching. He has a .223 batting average, a .316 on-base percentage, and a .385 slugging percentage in 152 plate appearances since then.

Extra bases

Ben Revere collected three more hits to raise his batting average to .314. That leads the National League. Colorado's Justin Morneau is second with a .312 clip. . . . David Buchanan did not reach five innings for the first time in his 16 career starts. "It's exciting throwing at home where I grew up," he said. "But I'm pretty upset I couldn't give them a better performance." . . . The Braves will excavate the Turner Field pitching rubber after the season and ship it to the Phillies to commemorate Monday's no-hitter.

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