Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dontrelle Willis is suffering from a sore arm, pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters on Wednesday.
Willis is attempting to make the team as a left-handed reliever, in his ongoing quest to revive his career. Willis has won just four games in the last four seasons. Formerly, Willis was the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year and runner-up for the 2005 NL Cy Young award.
Willis faced seven batters in Wednesday’s outing against Houston, allowing three hits and two walks. He was charged with four runs before Dubee removed him after just 33 pitches. Willis is trying to transition to being a reliever after being one of the league’s most effective starting pitchers last decade.
If he makes the Phillies out of camp, it will be as the team’s second left-handed reliever behind Antonio Bastardo. If he doesn’t show much improvement, the team will simply part ways with him.