The Phillies released Medina (elbow) on Saturday. Medina just finished up his rehab assignment, but the Phillies decided they didn't have a spot for him. He had been sidelined since spring training with elbow inflammation.
Medina has been diagnosed with elbow inflammation, CSN Philadelphia reports. Medina exited Tuesday's game in the ninth inning with the injury. This figures to eliminate him from a shot at a bullpen spot with the Phillies.
Medina was removed from Tuesday's game after feeling a pop in his elbow, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The description of the injury is obviously concerning, but Medina will undergo evaluations Wednesday which should provide more details. If healthy, he'll be in the mix for a spot in the major league bullpen.
Medina (personal) pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday with a strikeout and two walks. Medina was making his first appearance of the spring after being delayed due to visa issues. He is competing for a spot in the Phillies' bullpen.
Medina was not present when pitchers and catchers reported to Phillies camp Wednesday due to a visa issue that could take a couple of weeks to resolve, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Medina was acquired by the Phillies in a trade that sent former first-round draft pick Jesse Biddle to the Pirates. The right-hander primarily played in Triple-A in the Cubs organization last season, but is expected to vie for a bullpen spot with the major league club this spring. This will definitely hamper his ability to do so, as he now could be gone until March.