Feb 23, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT
Via beat writer Jim Salisbury at CSNPhilly.com:
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Though still behind schedule and likely to miss one or two starts at the beginning of the regular season, Cole Hamels says he has made “tremendous progress” in bouncing back from an offseason bout of shoulder tendinitis.
“I’m feeling like my body is ready to make a big jump,” the left-hander said Sunday in Phillies camp. “I feel right where I usually am about Feb. 1 going into spring training. That’s about the time I’m usually ready for my first ‘pen. I’m happy where I am.”
Hamels has already been ruled out for Opening Day, but it sounds like he’s on track to join Philadelphia’s starting rotation by the second week of April. The 30-year-old southpaw registered a 3.60 ERA, 1.159 WHIP, and 202/50 K/BB ratio in 220 innings (33 starts) last season. He has a 3.38 career ERA.
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