Author: Drew Silva

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Mario Hollands undergoes Tommy John surgery


According to Jim Salisbury of, Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. The procedure was called a success, as most athletic procedures are in the hours after they’re completed.

Hollands is going to miss the entire 2015 season and the first month or two of the 2016 campaign as well.

The 26-year-old southpaw posted a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of relief last season as a rookie. Holland began experiencing elbow problems toward the end of spring training this year in Florida.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton makes diving catch, turns two

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You’ve gotta see this web gem Giancarlo Stanton pulled off in the fourth inning Wednesday …

He sure moves well for a dude who’s listed at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. Defensive play of the year so far.

Jonathan Papelbon: “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie”

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Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon didn’t say anything overly unreasonable in this interview Wednesday afternoon with Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe, but his comments are sure to bother somebody out there. Here’s an excerpt …

“The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon said before Wednesday’s game between the Sox and Phils. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.”

“Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.”

“It’s been a tough transition over here,” the 34-year-old right-hander continued. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Tough getting used to the way it is here. … It’s two totally different organizations. The way they’re ran, the way they’re coached, the players that are on them. Two totally different styles of baseball. I don’t know if I can honestly tell you if I’m even used to it yet.”

Papelbon is in the fourth year of a four-year, $50 million contract. He’ll be trade bait all summer.

Brandon Belt hopes to avoid disabled list after MRI shows “very mild” right groin strain

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Good news on Brandon Belt from Alex Pavlovic of

Belt strained his right groin muscle Tuesday while chasing after a foul pop-up in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. Buster Posey is starting at first base for San Francisco on Wednesday night in Arizona and Hector Sanchez will be behind the plate for spot starter Chris Heston. There were no new position players in the Giants’ clubhouse Wednesday evening, so maybe Belt really is in the clear.

Jayson Werth to begin rehab assignment Thursday

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From Chase Hughes at

Werth, who is coming back from Jan. 9 surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, will head to Potomac on Thursday to begin his rehab assignment. The P-Nats open their season on Thursday at home against Lynchburg.

The veteran outfielder is expected to play at least seven innings in his first rehab game Thursday in Potomac. He will be cleared to join the Nationals’ active roster once he plays nine innings on back-to-back days in the minors, which could happen by early next week.

Werth is recovering from January surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.

He batted .292/.394/.455 with 16 home runs and 82 RBI in 147 games last season for the Nats.