Both Jonathan Pettibone and Sean O’Sullivan saw little action for the Phils in 2014. Pettibone made two starts in April–a five inning, two run performance against the Marlins and a four inning, eight run outing against the Rockies.
He was then sent down to make room for Cole Hamels to join the rotation, but shortly thereafter he was placed on the DL with shoulder issues. After being examined by Dr. James Andrews, we learned that Pettibone had a small tear of the labrum in his shoulder. Since then, there has been little information released regarding the righty. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters that Pettibone may not be ready for Opening Day in 2015.
O’Sullivan, on the other hand, appeared in only three games for the Phillies, but for other reasons. He began the year in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and didn’t make his first start for the Phils until June 28 against the Braves. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings, he was sent back down. His next start came when the Phillies traded Roberto Hernandez, and they needed an emergency start. He allowed five runs over six innings, and again was designated for assignment and sent to the IronPigs a few days later.
They called him up once more, and he made a relief appearance–one shutout inning–against the Pirates on September 10. Following the season, the Phillies released O’Sullivan.
Grade: Pettibone C, O’Sullivan D-
Pettibone was injured for the majority of the year, so I can’t bring myself to give him a bad grade. He gets a C. O’Sullivan was never really a factor for the big club, but when he was in, he was bad. He gets a D-.