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Hernandez: 'I'm on schedule'

Right triceps tendinitis has kept pitcher out since March 1
MLB.com @ToddZolecki

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander David Hernandez said there is no reason to be alarmed.

But Hernandez has not pitched since March 1 because of right triceps tendinitis. It might not be an issue, except the Phillies are looking for a closer since trading Ken Giles in December. Hernandez missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander David Hernandez said there is no reason to be alarmed.

But Hernandez has not pitched since March 1 because of right triceps tendinitis. It might not be an issue, except the Phillies are looking for a closer since trading Ken Giles in December. Hernandez missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.

"More of a day-to-day thing," general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday evening.

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $3.9 million contract in December. He was the only free agent they signed to a Major League contract in the offseason, giving him front-runner status to be the Phillies' closer.

Hernandez said on Tuesday afternoon that he has no shoulder or elbow injury.

"We're good," Hernandez said. "I'm on schedule."

Altherr out 4-6 months

The 30-year-old righty, who is 25-35 with a 4.15 ERA over six seasons, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

"Just taking it slow," Hernandez said. "I'm just trying to manage my appearances."

Non-roster invitees Andrew Bailey, Edward Mujica, Ernesto Frieri and James Russell also are competing to be in the back of the Phillies' bullpen. Bailey threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday in a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. He has thrown two scoreless frames this spring.

Mujica and Russell each have thrown one scoreless inning, while Frieri has allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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