Hamels Fine, Needs One More Start
Cole Hamels pitched four innings in a Minor League game today at the Carpenter Complex, and afterward he said he “definitely” needs one more start before he is ready to pitch in a big-league game.
“I think that would be the best just knowing that I can go out there, hopefully go a little deeper, maybe about 80 pitches,” Hamels said. “Hopefully get past that fourth inning. Pitching four innings in the big leagues doesn’t help much. The bullpen would be taxed. Just knowing I can go out there and really hit my spots is going to be the big key. That just happens with just going out there and that repetition.”
Hamels, who said his left elbow feels fine, allowed 10 hits, three runs and one walk and struck out five against the Triple-A Yankees.
He threw 64 pitches.
He said he remains on target to pitch April 10 against the Rockies in Denver, but first he will pitch April 4 in an exhibition against the Rays at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think that’s going to be a big start for me … really prepare me for the season,” he said. “I really do think that will really get me ready, going out there and competing at the big-league level and starting off the season right.”
Chan Ho Park allowed six hits, two runs (one earned run) and one walk and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Park really is making things tough on the Phillies. He has a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings this spring. J.A. Happ has a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.