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February 26, 2016

Jimmy Cordero (biceps) expects to throw 'pen session in next week

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Jimmy Cordero, who battled health and consistency in his only full season in the Phillies organization, was traded to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Flame-throwing reliever Jimmy Cordero doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about the ailing right biceps issue that has prevented him from throwing a bullpen session in the first eight days of camp.

“Nothing to worry about,” Cordero said inside the Bright House Field clubhouse on Friday morning.

Cordero said it just “felt sore” when camp began. So he went a week without throwing, and instead received treatment.

This week he’s resumed throwing. Cordero plans on getting on the mound for the first time within the next week.

“This week I’ve been throwing 60, 90 feet, 120 feet,” the right-hander said, “then I’ll get on the mound.”

Cordero believes it’s just a minor hiccup in preparing for the season. He should have plenty of time to make up ground in the six weeks between now and the start of the minor league season.

“Just a week behind (the rest of the pitchers),” Cordero said. “This will get me better for the season.”

Cordero, 24, arrived to the Phillies in the July trade that sent Ben Revere (now with the Washington Nationals) to the Toronto Blue Jays. Cordero impressed in his first month with the organization last August at Double-A Reading, when he displayed arguably the best fastball in the Phillies system.