Tommy John surgery clearly doesn’t work for everybody as the Phillies released Mario Hollands two years after going under the knife.
The Phillies released minor-league lefty Mario Hollands Tuesday two years after he underwent Tommy John surgery. The news was reported by Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, as he pointed out how Hollands just never looked the same after surgery.
Hollands pitched one season in the majors in Philadelphia back in 2014. He made 50 appearances, finishing the year with a 4.40 ERA and 1.404 WHIP. Hollands struggled with his control as he walked four batters per nine innings.
The next spring Hollands strained his common flexor tendon, undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. He missed the entire 2015 season and started 2016 on the disabled list as well.
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After several rehab appearances, Hollands was activated off the disabled list June 2 of last year and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was later demoted back down to Double-A Reading, where he was outrighted off the 40-man roster. Hollands ended the year on the disabled list.
This year, Hollands started off the season in minor-league camp during spring training and stayed there.
In 13 innings with Reading in 2017, he allowed nine runs – six earned – while walking 12 batters and striking out just nine hitters. His WHIP was a disastrous 2.077.
It would have been great to see Hollands bounce back from the surgery, but unfortunately, he just couldn’t find his way on the mound afterward.