Hamels Pitches In Clearwater
Cole Hamels just finished his first start after getting that injection into his left elbow last Tuesday.
Facing Minor Leaguers at the Carpenter Complex, he allowed one hit and one walk in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five. He threw 48 pitches, 35 of them for strikes. Based on that pitch count alone, I don’t think there’s much of a chance Hamels will pitch Opening Night on April 5. Like Rich Dubee said yesterday, he probably needs two more starts to get his arm strength up.