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Cole Hamels on track to throw live batting practice next week

Mar 1, 2014, 11:10 PM EST

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Not much has gone right for the Phillies in the early going. They are 1-3 in the Grapefruit League thus far, having been disappointed several times already by Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Roberto Hernandez wasn’t sharp in his first outing. Jonathan Pettibone has had shoulder problems again. The cherry on top of the sundae, though, was when they learned that Cole Hamels would not be ready for Opening Day due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Thankfully, the Phillies have received a dose of good news about Hamels. He is progressing well and may only miss one or two starts at the beginning of the regular season. He is on track to throw live batting practice next week. Via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

“Everything felt really good,” he said at Bright House Field. “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 Phillies are thin on pitching depth as is, so a healthy and productive Hamels is tantamount to the Phillies remaining at least somewhat competitive throughout the 2014 season. The left-hander finished the past season with a 3.60 ERA in 220 innings, ending a stretch of three consecutive seasons between 2010-12 where he finished with an ERA of 3.06 or lower.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    DOOM!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      you want doom? you don’t have to look any further then the 2014 bluejays who by mid june will be holding up the basement in the AL East once again. Only in Toronto would they come fresh off of a total train wreck of a season and be happy with the roster and not sign any impact free agents. Whats even funnier is they are trying to tell their fan base (all 8 of them) that this last place roster will somehow be better in 2014!!! hahaha yea ok!!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Hi Harry. How is the weather in your neck of the woods? I understand that you are in the midst of another snow storm. Getting cabin fever?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Its a LOT better then it is up where you live that much I can tell you. By march 13th it will be spring and the weather will be fine here, not so much in Canada where it should be cold 365 days a year just like the French up there

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    maybe Cole can wish the season would be over just like he did in the “09 WS. He has no heart and never will, so glad he is with Philly

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