CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ethan Martin, a hard-throwing righthander the Phillies hoped to use either as a starter or reliever, will not throw for at least three weeks because of a strained shoulder.
Martin was diagnosed with a strained right shoulder capsule and triceps. He appeared in 15 games last season (eight starts) and displayed promise as a power reliever. The Phillies, handicapped by a depleted starting corps, wanted to stretch him out this spring.
He was injured in Thursday's Grapefruit League game. Martin threw just 85 m.p.h. that day and faced four batters before exiting.
The 24-year-old was acquired from Los Angeles in 2012 the Shane Victorino trade. The other two players obtained in that deal — Josh Lindblom and Stefan Jarrin — are no longer with the organization.
David Buchanan, a 24-year-old righty who has impressed in camp, stands to benefit the most. He will start Saturday's game against the Yankees in Tampa, Fla., and could climb the depth chart with injuries to both Martin and Jonathan Pettibone.
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