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Cole Hamels is making “tremendous progress” in recovery from left shoulder tendinitis

Feb 23, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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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.

  1. kyleshabram - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Phillies are going to need him this year.

    • schuch10 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      To get to 75 wins.

  2. philliephanatic - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Love that everyone is counting out the Phillies before the first game of the year has even been played. Not saying they will win World Series but also not saying they won’t. That’s why they play the games. #Redsoxworsttofirst

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    you cant deny that the phillies have a lot of money invested in some really old bats. pitching has never been the issue on this squad. While other teams seem to be able to “manufacture” runs in close games, the Phillies tend to rely on one crooked inning to achieve their wins. it is a feast or famine offense

    ps: hashtagging is super lame and played out

  4. Youknowimright - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Torn rotator cuff coming to a theater near you. Soon. Phils are notorious injury liars.

  5. pkswally024 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    He’s 30 now?! Time flys.

  6. earpaniac - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Is he the one that married that “Survivor” chick?

    • macjacmccoy - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      1 of the 2 Kyle Kendrick also married a “Survivor” Chick.

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