Cosart Moves Closer To Return For 'Claws

An injury to an organization's top prospect is never a good thing, but at least there's some encouraging news to report on the status of Jarred Cosart.

As the top pitching prospect in the organization, when Jarred Cosart went down with an elbow strain at the end of June, there were some definite concerns rippling through Phillies fans and through the Phillies front office as well. The Phillies took a very cautious approach to dealing with Cosart and instantly shut him down and have let him work through rehabbing the elbow at a slow enough pace to be sure that there won't be any damage to his prized right elbow.

The good news is that Cosart is working his way back and is doing well in his rehab. "He's down in Florida right now, going through some exercises and I think he should be able to start throwing right around the first of August," said Gorman Heimueller, Phillies minor league pitching coordinator. "He's doing well and we're hoping the rest and the exercises will enable him to keep pitching."

Cosart missed most of the 2009 season because of groin and shoulder issues, but was deemed healthy and started his pro career in the Gulf Coast League late in the 2009 season. The shoulder has been completely sound and the only issue that Cosart faced prior to the elbow strain was a blister that caused him to miss a couple of turns in late April and early May of this season. Recommended Stories

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