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Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said Thursday that it's not clear when Cole Hamels (shoulder) will throw next.
Hamels tested his shoulder with a bullpen session Wednesday and reported no problems Thursday, but there either isn't a set date for him to throw again or the Phillies are playing coy. For what it's worth, McClure predicted Wednesday that Hamels will throw again on Friday or Saturday. Either way, he's a long way away from game action. Even if all goes well, he's not expected to join the Phillies' rotation until May.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday morning.
This is a positive step for a player who arrived in camp suffering from shoulder tendinitis and then was hit with another setback last week. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure told the media that the session went well. Philadelphia maintains that Hamels has a chance of pitching in a game this month, but that doesn't seem likely. His arrival in the rotation is best guessed at mid-April or early-May.
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Cole Hamels is scheduled to test his sore left shoulder with a bullpen session on Wednesday in camp.
Hamels was behind schedule when he arrived in Florida due to offseason shoulder tendinitis and then suffered a setback last week. He can probably be ruled out for all of April unless the situation rapidly improves. A successful bullpen workout Wednesday would be a good start.
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Cole Hamels has suffered a setback in his recovery from left shoulder tendinitis.
Hamels explained to reporters Thursday morning that he does not have renewed pain in his throwing shoulder but rather feels fatigued. He was aiming to make his Grapefruit League debut early next week with an eye on joining the Phillies' starting rotation around mid-April. Now the left-hander may have to be ruled out until May.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday and said he hopes to throw live batting practice sometime next week.
"Everything felt really good," Hamels said after the session. "My pitches are really coming along. I'm really able to execute down in the zone. I know that's something Bob [McClure, pitching coach] preaches to everybody. I know I'm pretty good at doing that, so to get into my second bullpen and execute down in the zone, correct pitches within a pitch, having the control, it feels great." The left-hander dealt with shoulder tendinitis earlier this spring, but he's progressed nicely in recent days. He still might not be ready for the start of the season, but at this point he may only miss a start or two.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday for the first time this spring.
Hamels is behind schedule this spring after he showed up to camp with shoulder tendinitis, but he reported no issues Wednesday. "It was good," said Hamels. "Better than expected, which is huge. It didn't feel as foreign, getting off the mound after such a long time. But everything felt good." Hamels is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Saturday and will continue to progress from there, but the expectation is that he will not be ready for the start of the season. However, he should be able to join the Phillies' rotation in the early part of April if all goes well.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday for the first time this spring.
Hamels was originally expected to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, but it was pushed back for scheduling reasons and not because of his shoulder. The southpaw is still expected to miss the start of the season, but he could be ready in the early part of April if he can avoid setbacks.
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Cole Hamels told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he's made "tremendous progress" with his shoulder injury.
"I'm feeling like my body is ready to make a big jump," the left-hander said. "I feel right where I usually am about February 1 going into spring training. That's about the time I'm usually ready for my first 'pen. I'm happy where I am." Nursing some shoulder tendinitis, Hamels is still expected to miss his first start or two of the season, but more will be known about his timetable after he intensifies his workouts starting on Tuesday.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) is aiming to throw off the mound next Tuesday for the first time this spring.
Hamels has already been ruled out for Opening Day due to shoulder tendinitis, but he's beginning to make progress with his throwing program. If all goes well, he should be able to join the Phillies' rotation at some point in April.
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Cole Hamels (shoulder) is expected to join the Phillies' starting rotation at some point in April.
Hamels has already been ruled out for Opening Day because of offseason shoulder tendinitis, but he's only a couple weeks behind the other pitchers in Phillies camp and the situation is trending in a positive direction. "If we wanted to push him and tell him to get ready for Opening Day, we might be able to do that," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday. "But what's the point? There is no point in doing that."