Hollands staying positive about elbow injury

Hollands staying positive about elbow injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands is hoping for the best.

He will visit Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti on Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia to discuss the MRI arthrogram that revealed a tear of his common flexor tendon in his left elbow. It is the same type of injury that is expected to end Cliff Lee's season.

"It feels a lot better than last year," said Hollands, who suffered the injury last season. "The range of motion is better. But there's still no word until I get back there.

"I don't know how bad Cliff's is. I never asked. I don't think so. I hope not."

Hollands' injury clears up the Phillies' bullpen competition. Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus are locks. Rule 5 Draft pick Andy Oliver is a strong favorite for a spot. Luis Garcia has thrown seven scoreless innings. He also is a favorite.

Jeanmar Gomez could be in line for the seventh spot. He has a 1.35 ERA in six appearances.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com.

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