Jun 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone (44) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone shut down five days

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In a starting rotation that has already seen Cole Hamels delayed because of shoulder tendinitis, another Phillies’ starter is suffering from shoulder soreness.

Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that Jonathan Pettibone will receive a cortisone injection in his shoulder and will not throw a baseball for five days. Further problems with his arm would be indicative of a bigger problem and could spell trouble for the start of the Phillies’ season.

Philadelphia has Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, and Roberto Hernandez as definite starters as of now, with Cole Hamels coming back a couple of weeks after the start of the season. After that, there is competition for the fifth starter spot, and Pettibone could headline that battle if healthy. The 23-year old righty showed signs of promise in his rookie season, going 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts.

Other names in the fifth starter competition are Cuban defector Miguel Gonzalez, Ethan Martin, and B.J. Rosenberg.

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