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  • Phillies starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle is seeking a second opinion on his sore elbow after being examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti, CSN Philadelphia reports. Interim GM Scott Proefrock would not say what the results were of the exam with Ciccotti. He only would say "there's some concern" about Biddle's elbow. Biddle was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the end of August with what was called a left shoulder strain at the time.

  • Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle was among the six players optioned to minor-league camp on Monday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, and Sean O'Sullivan, catcher John Hester and Aaron Altherr were also sent down with Biddle.

  • Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said that pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is still growing as a pitcher but needs to trust his stuff, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I want to see him fill the zone up," he said. "He's got too good of stuff to be picking or fooling around. He's got three major-league pitches, and I'd like to see him fill the zone up better. It's too many balls, too many high pitches." McClure added that Biddle's goal this season should be to become a "strike-throwing machine." Biddle made 16 starts for Double-A Reading in 2014, going 3-10 with a 5.05 ERA and 80:44 K:BB ratio in 82 innings.

  • Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure has been impressed early on in camp with starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle, according to "Very impressive," McClure said. "When you have that type of arm and you see a guy be able to control everything, it's fun to watch. Of course, it's not to Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels yet, but I mean, you can see it getting there someday possibly if he goes about everything right. It's impressive to watch. The accuracy, the flow, how easy it was just to throw that hard. It looks really good." Biddle is coming off a down year in 2014, which included taking time off for what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. termed a "mental break, and is no longer considered one of the Phillies' top prospects. However, the team remains hopeful he will be able to bounce back. "I think it's an important year for him because last year was a tough one and he's got some things to overcome," Amaro said. "But if and when he does, he's going to be a quality product."We love his stuff. We think he's got a chance to be a very productive major-league pitcher. It's just a matter of getting back on track."

  • The Phillies will add starting pitching prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, reports Biddle's recent elbow trouble has been diagnosed as mild tendinitis, the report said. Biddle went 5-10 with a 4.58 ERA in 19 starts among three levels of the minors.

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