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Pitcher Mario Hollands is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and made his first outing with the Clearwater Threshers on Monday

It was 20 months ago that Mario Hollands was last on the mound for the Phillies, or any other team, in a meaningful game, pitching against the Atlanta Braves. Since then, Hollands has had a long road back from Tommy John surgery.

For a while, it looked like the Phillies would have a strong left-handed reliever in their bullpen in the form of Mario Hollands. Then, twice during the 2014 season, he wound up leaving the mound with the trainer by his side, the last time coming on September 3rd. Initially, the injury was announced as a left flexor strain, the same injury that sidelined Cliff Lee. He attempted to pitch in Spring Training last year and posted an 11.82 ERA in five spring games before again being shut down with the same ailment, only this time, surgery was prescribed rather than rest. It turned out that Hollands needed Tommy John surgery, meaning he would miss all of the 2015 season and a portion of this season.

In Clearwater Monday night, Hollands was back on the mound, starting a rehab assignment with the Clearwater Threshers. Hollands came on in the eighth inning and threw 20 pitches, 15 for strikes. Half of those pitches came in a showdown with Dunedin's Ryan McBroom. who wound up homering off of Hollands on the tenth pitch of the at-bat. Hollands then quickly rebounded to strike out the next two hitters, allowing just the solo home run to McBroom.

Unfortunately for Clearwater, their offense was held at bay, picking up just three hits in a 6-2 loss. Starter Tyler Viza (4-1) got his first loss of the year in the game.

In other rehab news from Monday, pitcher Michael Mariot, who made three relief appearances with the Threshers (0-1, 14.54) was moved to Double-A Reading to continue his rehab. Mariot, who last pitched for Clearwater on Saturday, didn't pitch in Reading's 5-3 win over Binghamton.

Elsewhere...

The Phillies were off. They play in Atlanta tonight, with Adam Morgan 0-0, 6.00 on the mound.

Lehigh Valley 0
Columbus 2
WP: R. Merritt (3-2, 2.54), LP: B. LaFromboise (1-3, 6.35), SV: none
HR: COL - R. Grossman (6); LV - none

Lakewood 4
Kannapolis 1
WP: J. Taveras (1-2, 2.28), LP: L. Martinez (1-4, 4.88), SV: R. Tasin (4)
HR: none


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