Mario Hollands done in 2014
Jul 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mario Hollands (43) leaves the game with the medical staff after being injured during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Phillies’ relief pitcher Mario Hollands just joined Cliff Lee on an unfortunate list. That would be the “out for the remainder of the season” list.
Like Lee, Hollands suffered a strain to his left elbow that ended his season. The two southpaws both have the misfortune of not pitching again in 2014, but neither one will require surgery. Hollands had to leave Wednesday’s game against Atlanta after feeling something in his left arm. On Thursday tests revealed no tears, but to doctors it was clear he could not pitch again this season. The Phillies had no choice but to place Hollands on the 60-day disabled list on Friday.
In his first season in the big leagues, Hollands appeared in 50 games. During that time he went 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA.
Most people didn’t expect Hollands to be such a heavy contributor for the Phillies this season, much less pitch at all for the club. It’s possible a long season of work caught up to the lefty seeing as he played in the Venezuelan Winter League before Spring Training. He brushed off the notion that playing winter ball hurt him, but rather it helped him make the big club in the first place. For now Hollands will get plenty of rest as he won’t be getting a ball in his hands for over a month.
With the postseason not in the cards for Philadelphia, Hollands’ injury presents an opportunity for the likes of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez along with several others to see more time out of the bullpen.
Since Hollands is finished for the season the Phillies selected the contract of Sean O’Sullivan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In two starts with the Phillies this season O’Sullivan is 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA.