Arano (shoulder) is throwing regularly at the Phillies' alternate training site in Lehigh Valley, but he's struggled to regain velocity since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in May 2019, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. The elbow surgery sidelined Arano for the remainder of the 2019 campaign, but he was on track to be fully healthy for spring training before he experienced shoulder soreness in offseason workouts. Though MLB's extended hiatus provided extra time for Arano's shoulder to heal up, he wasn't able to throw regularly during the break and had to be eased along slowly in summer camp. Once he was cleared for intrasquad games, Arano's fastball sat around 90 to 91 miles per hour, about two or three ticks below his pre-surgery velocity. The Phillies are lacking in reliable bullpen arms at the big-league level, but until Arano's velocity picks up and he's able to dominate against minor-league hitters in Lehigh Valley, he likely won't be in line for a promotion.
Arano (shoulder) was optioned to the Phillies' alternate camp site Saturday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. Arano missed much of last season due to elbow surgery, though it was shoulder soreness that held him back in summer camp. Saturday's move lines up with previous reports that the righty was behind schedule, though when exactly he'll be ready for game action remains to be seen.
Manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Arano (shoulder) is slightly behind schedule, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Arano underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery last May that caused him to miss most of the 2019 season, but he is slightly behind schedule because he didn't have many chances to throw while the season was suspended. The right-hander could still be ready for Opening Day in just under two weeks, but Saturday's update casts some doubt regarding his status.
Arano (shoulder) is expected to be ready to pitch by Opening Day, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Arano missed most of the 2019 campaign after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery last May, though Zolecki's report notes the righty's offseason shoulder soreness as the main issue he's working his way back from. The reliever has been building up stamina at his home in Mexico, so the Phillies haven't had their eyes on him directly, but they appear confident in his health nonetheless. Arano owns a career 2.65 ERA in 74.2 big-league innings and could be a factor near the back of the Phillies' bullpen if he returns to form this season.
Arano (elbow) felt good after a live batting practice session Saturday and remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Previous reports indicated that Arano wasn't expected to return from arthroscopic elbow surgery until early in the regular season, but the pitcher himself evidently disagrees with those reports. A player's own optimism about his health shouldn't be taken as gospel, though, and he's yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game, so the odds appear to be against him. Still, the 25-year-old, who owns a career 2.65 ERA in 74.2 innings, should be pitching in a fairly high-leverage role at some point early in the season.
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