The first in a series of short reports from the Phillies' press event in Reading reveals encouraging news about closer Tom Gordon.
READING, Pa. – Pitchers and catchers officially report in less than 20 days, but at least one member of the Phillies pitching staff is getting an early jump on spring. Closer Tom Gordon has been working out with a team trainer at the Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla., according to Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel.
“He’s doing good; he’s doing real good,” said Manuel. “I ask the trainer all the time. I’ve left Tom a couple messages, and I talk to our trainer about once a week.”
The 39-year-old closer earned an All-Star nod last season, but wore down after the break, landing on the disabled list Aug. 14 with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. After an MRI revealed no damage, he battled back in September to finish with 34 saves, fourth most in the National League.
Despite his advanced age and history of arm trouble, Manuel feels confident his stopper will be set to go when baseball resumes.
“He goes in there a couple times a week and works out," Manuel said. "He’s doing well. He’s feeling really good right now.”