Hunter (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Wednesday. Hunter hasn't experienced any setbacks, according to Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer, but the right-hander isn't expected to be ready until the end of May anyway, so the Phillies opted to shift him to the 60-day IL in order to free up a 40-man spot for Phil Gosselin.
Hunter received a PRP injection in his throwing elbow Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Hunter has been dealing with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow since February. Late in March, he hit a setback in his recovery when soreness returned following a bullpen session, so he received an injection Friday to help expedite the healing process. The Phillies expect Hunter to rest about three more weeks before he begins a throwing regimen.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Saturday that he doesn't expect Hunter (elbow) to return from the injured list in mid-April as originally anticipated, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hunter experienced renewed soreness in his elbow following his bullpen session Thursday at extended spring training, so the Phillies may press pause on his throwing program. The Phillies are hopeful that a few days of rest will help resolve the soreness, but Hunter may require additional treatment if the time off fails to do the trick.
Hunter (elbow) will pitch in a minor-league game Friday and could join the Phillies in mid-April, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. This would be a best-case scenario for a pitcher who was diagnosed with a flexor strain a month ago. Once healthy, Hunter will occupy a mid-relief role for the Phillies.
Hunter (elbow) was placed on the 10-day IL, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He has a Grade 1 flexor strain and has been sidelined since late February, so he should be considered out indefinitely.
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