Phillies relief pitcher Mario Hollands is recovering from Tommy John surgery
Mario Hollands has no easy road in his journey to returning to the big leagues. His road now takes him back to Double-A Reading, where he will look to regain his ability to be a major league pitcher.
The lefty was designated for assignment earlier this week in-order to make room for Daniel Stumpf, who was coming off of an 80-game PED suspension. After not being able to trade Hollands, which was extremely unlikely, the Phillies had the option of either sending Hollands back to the minors to continue his rehab or give him his outright release.
He now has the opportunity to pitch for the Reading Fightin’ Phils, who have the best record in professional baseball at (63-27).
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After missing the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery, Hollands has been rehabbing in the Phillies minor league system. Hollands has thrown 26.1 innings between the Clearwater Threshers, Reading Fightin’ Phils, and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He has a 3.76 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and just four walks.
During his 50 pitching appearances with the Phillies in 2014, Hollands was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA. In 47 innings of work, he allowed 45 hits, 21 walks, 23 earned runs, and completed 35 strikeouts.
Hollands was drafted by the Phillies in the 10th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the same school that produced former Phillies infielder Michael Young.