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Mario Hollands bothered by elbow, will have MRI

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mario Hollands has discomfort in his left elbow and will undergo an MRI on Saturday afternoon. The Phillies reliever said the pain feels similar to last year when he missed the final month of the season with a flexor strain.

Hollands, 26, felt the discomfort after throwing his final pitch in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The lefthander said he would have removed himself from the game if manager Ryne Sandberg did not.

"It's a little disheartening that it happens out of nowhere," Hollands said. "Just like last year. I'm trying to stay positive but it's kind of hard to. Because we're getting close to the end of spring."

Hollands has pitched 5 1/3 innings this spring and has allowed seven runs on 10 hits over five outings. The 26-year-old made the opening day roster last season and compiled a 4.40 ERA in 50 games.

"Last year it was just a lot of rest," Hollands said. "I came back to the doctor in late October or early November for a checkup and everything was fine. I started playing catch three days a week for a little bit, light catch. Everything was going good until yesterday."