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Hamels Could Be Back Soon

Cole Hamels, Kevin YoukilisCole Hamels could rejoin the Phillies rotation a little earlier than expected.

He made a rehab start Sunday with Class A Clearwater, throwing about 65 pitches. He said he believes he will be ready to pitch in the big leagues once he builds to 90 pitches. He might need just two more rehab starts to hit that number. If that is the case, he will make rehab starts Friday and April, which would put him on course to pitch for the Phillies on April 21 or 22.

“I feel really good,” he said today at Citizens Bank Park. “My strength is definitely increasing. Just building up, getting out there, getting the reps in. Being able to throw all five pitches, is truly a good test. Because you’re going against guys that are competitive, they’re swinging. So you have to throw strikes and you have to execute pitches. But everything went really well. Health-wise, I feel really great.

“I believe the big test is the pitch count. If I’m able to get 90 pitches, I know that I’m game ready. Because that gives me enough pitches and enough reps with my pitches to be able to go out there and have the confidence I can throw, especially to big league guys. … There’s nothing lingering. I’m ready to go and they’re letting me go. And I think that’s where we’re really going, we’re playing it by ear, where we have the proper structure and they’re not pushing me too fast, too quickly. And i think everything is going really well.”

Phillies Place 6 on DL

Cole HamelsThe Phillies on Friday afternoon announced they have placed six players on the 15-day disabled list:

  • Right-hander Mike Adams, recovering from right shoulder surgery (retroactive to March 26).
  • Infielder Freddy Galvis, left knee infection (retroactive to March 21).
  • Right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, right shoulder tendinitis (retroactive to March 21).
  • Left-hander Cole Hamels, left biceps tendinitis (retroactive to March 21).
  • Right-hander Ethan Martin, right shoulder inflammation (retroactive to March 21).
  • Outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf, left oblique strain (retroactive to March 21).

Adams hopes he can rejoin the Phillies bullpen by April 15. Galvis, who is recovering from MRSA, could be back by the middle of the month, too.

The Phillies have indicated Hamels could rejoin the rotation before the end of April.

The Phillies said on March 21 that Ruf could miss 4-6 weeks. Martin just started throwing, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently Gonzalez could be a candidate for the 60-day DL to give them flexibility for the 40-man roster.

Hamels’ Latest Step

Cole Hamels remains about a month behind schedule, but the Phillies hope he could rejoin the rotation before the end of April.

He threw a live batting practice session this morning at Bright House Field. He threw two simulated innings of 15 pitches each. He said earlier this week he would throw two BP sessions before he pitched in a game.

“I feel great,” Hamels said. “Just all the progressions I’ve been able to make for the last week and a half have definitely been positive. … I think we’re just looking kind of how I respond in the next couple days and getting bullpen reps and seeing where and what they want to do.”

Hamels opened camp in February about two weeks behind schedule because of inflammation in his left shoulder. He had been progressing nicely once he started throwing again, until he suffered a setback March 1, saying he felt fatigue in his left arm. That pushed him back further, but since he restarted his throwing program recently he has been fine.

“Oh, of course,” said Hamels, asked if he is more optimistic he could be back earlier than he thought two weeks ago.

Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure seemed encouraged with what he saw Saturday.

“Ball was coming out of his hand really well,” he said. “Crisp, real clean. Didn’t hold back on any pitches. Had velocity and life. I was really happy with it. He’s had no issues of late. I don’t expect any either. We’re pretty stoked about it.”

If Hamels can rejoin the rotation before the end of April it would be a big boost for the Phillies. They need plenty of things to be close to perfect to compete this season.

“If everything goes as scheduled, I would think towards the end of the month there,” McClure said of Hamels’ potential return. “Somewhere in the last week, I would think so.”

Hamels Takes Another Step

Cole HamelsCole Hamels called this a big week, and Wednesday represented another step forward for him.

He threw a 40-pitch bullpen session in the morning at Bright House Field. If he feels OK Thursday, he is expected to throw to hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday. He said he expects to throw one more live BP after that before potentially pitching in a game.

“It went really well,” Hamels said. “I’m pleased, being able to build my pitch count, getting the reps I need. I was able to get a lot of pitches out of the stretch, and I introduced the windup, which I haven’t done since last year. Getting familiar with that again and being able to build the reps from there, it’s obviously a step in the right direction.”

Hamels is weeks behind schedule and will open the season on the disabled list. He suffered inflammation in his left shoulder in November, which halted his normal offseason throwing and strengthening programs. He appeared to be recovering nicely earlier this month, when he suffered a setback, saying his arm felt fatigued.

Hamels said he has most of his total body strength back – about 90 percent in his estimations – which will allow him to continue without further setbacks.

“It’s that last 10 percent that really takes a little bit longer,” Hamels said. “But at the same time when you’re able to get it, it’s there. It’s there for the long haul. We’ve been staying on the safe side. I think seeing how I’ve been able to feel, how I’ve been able to respond, we can get a little more aggressive. Ultimately, we’ll always be cautious and on the safe side to get ready for games.”

Big Week for Hamels

Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett, Cole HamelsCheck back later this week, but Cole Hamels brimmed with confidence following today’s bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park.

He threw 27 pitches at about 70 percent as he recovers from a left shoulder issue that put him several weeks behind schedule. Hamels said he hopes to throw again Wednesday, then hopefully face hitters after that.

“I was really thoroughly impressed with the way I’ve been feeling all week,” he said. “The past couple days with recovering and still being able to maintain the exercises and the strength program without any hiccups or even having to take it back a notch, I’ve really been able to bounce back really well.”

Keep in mind Hamels seemed to be progressing nicely earlier this month before he suffered a setback. His arm felt fatigued as a result of pushing too hard too fast and being unable to build strength as he would during a typical offseason.

He indicated this time is different.

“Ultimately, my strength is now there,” he said. “I can throw at the distance I know I’m capable of throwing. I could probably throw more. Having that and throwing with the right type of intensity, then it leads right into the mound.

“The plan is to go Wednesday. A pen. And then, from there, get right into batting practice. So, I’m really looking forward to this week. This is going to be a big week, with some big stepping stones. I know with everything we’ve been able to do, the way I’ve been able to recover and gain the strength necessary to do it, I’m really pleased.”

Hamels Starting From Scratch Again

Cole HamelsCole Hamels is starting from the beginning again.

He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session this morning at Bright House Field. It is the first time he has thrown from a mound since March 1, when he suffered a setback following his recovery from inflammation in his left shoulder. Hamels and Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said today’s session went well, but based on the time Hamels has missed this spring both acknowledged he essentially is starting his regular-season preparation from scratch.

“The day before Spring Training, when you get down here,” Hamels said, when asked when he might throw a 20-pitch bullpen session during a typical spring.

“I would say he’s a little bit ahead of scratch,” McClure said. “He may have another bullpen session and then get into a BP or so and feel like he could pitch in a game. It could go faster or it could be like from scratch. I can’t tell you that right now. It’s going to depend on where he’s at. Whenever we decide to do his next pen, he might feel real good in that one and go right into BP.”

Hamels is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Friday or Saturday, but that depends how he feels Thursday.

If Hamels progresses from this point like everybody in Phillies camp hopes, McClure said there is a chance Hamels could pitch in a Grapefruit League game this month.

Pitching in a big-league game in April is remote, although McClure did not completely rule out the possibility.

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Hamels Suffers Setback

Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett, Cole HamelsThis is not good news.

Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from inflammation in his left shoulder, which makes his chances of pitching in April seem remote. He said he feels no pain in his shoulder, but his arm is “fatigued out.” He said no MRI or cortisone injections are scheduled, and he hopes to throw off a mound again sometime within the next week.

“I know nothing has gone wrong,” Hamels said this morning about his shoulder. “Trying to get in the best possible shape that I can in sort of a rushed, competitive atmosphere, something’s going to not want to push it a little more so it prevents the injury. Ultimately my body is telling me, ‘Hey, slow it down a little bit and start over in a certain way so that you can prevent injury but build up for the long haul.’”

That is the hope in Phillies camp: Hamels simply pushed himself too hard, too fast.

“I think any time you use and abuse your arm you’re going to get inflammation,” Hamels said. “But no, I wouldn’t say it’s painful. I think ultimately when people think about the shoulder and not being able to throw a baseball, they think injuries, tears, the pain indication. It’s not that. It’s really tired and it was kind of more difficult to go through the throwing motion, let alone try to throw something very competitive.”

But players almost always offer rosy outlooks about their health – in recent seasons Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Brad Lidge all publicly stated they were healthy in Spring Training only to struggle with their health during the season – so the fact Hamels seemed to be progressing quite nicely and suddenly has to stop throwing is a concern.

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Hamels Takes Next Step

Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett, Cole HamelsCole Hamels declared this morning what every Phillies fans wants to hear:

All is well.

He threw his first bullpen session of the spring at Bright House Field. He will throw his second Saturday. Hamels, who is behind schedule after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder in November, could open the season on the disabled list, but everyone in camp seems to believe if he misses any time it will be only a start or two.

“It was good,” Hamels said. “Better than expected, which is huge. It didn’t feel as foreign, getting off the mound after such a long time. But everything felt good. Physically, I’ve been feeling great. It just carried over. Now it’s just getting the reps in, working on location, working on pitches. But I still have a really good feel for what I’m doing out there. Ultimately, I feel like my strength has really picked up. It’s just a matter of time of getting through the throwing program, the bullpens, the live BP and into the games. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Hamels said earlier this month he typically is ready to pitch after just four Spring Training starts. He made five last year.

Does he have enough time to make four before the end of Spring Training?

“Ultimately, I hope so,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to have any setbacks. I feel really good where I am physically. I feel like they’re going to slot me in there and I’ll be able to get that in. I feel like I’ll recover like I normally do. I’m not worried at all about being ready for the season.

“I know when I first talked to you guys, an injury is always the biggest concern and I think the biggest worry. I didn’t have an injury. It was just a matter of building up. There’s nothing to really worry about in any sort of injury-related throwing. I’ve been there. I’ve done it before. I feel really confident that I can get everything done and I can be in the best shape I can for the season.”

Hamels, Adams Updates

Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett, Cole HamelsCole Hamels is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session next Tuesday at Carpenter Complex.

He is behind schedule after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder in November. He said he could open the season on the disabled list, but if he does he does not expect to miss much time.

Right-hander Mike Adams is throwing off flat ground two more times before he could throw his first bullpen session Feb. 27. He is behind schedule following right shoulder surgery in July.

He said he would be pushing it to be ready by Opening Day on March 31.

“I would love to be ready for Opening Day, but I’ve got to do what’s best for myself and best for the team. I want to make sure I’m there for the long haul and not rush myself out there and do something that’s not smart. I’m thinking early to mid-April might be more realistic. Once I’m ready to go, I don’t want to have no more setbacks or go on the DL or anything. If it’s late April, it’s late April. Do what’s best.”

Bad Start? Hamels Behind Schedule

Cole HamelsCole Hamels would have been a candidate to pitch Opening Day in Texas, but he revealed this morning he is behind schedule because of tendinitis in his left biceps.

He said he will not be ready to start the season, but insisted he will be pitching for the Phillies sometime in April.

“Oh, yeah, yeah,” said Hamels, asked if he expects to be pitching before May 1. “I see myself pitching in April. I guess I don’t see myself pitching in March. It’s not any pain or discomfort. It’s just the building up of muscles. When you start you can’t run a marathon right off the bat. You have to build up to it.

“Not too far behind (Opening Day) I’ll be ready.”

Phillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout Thursday at Carpenter Complex, but Hamels will not be throwing off the mound with his teammates. He said he just started to throw Jan. 1, when he typically begins to throw Dec. 1.

“I felt some discomfort in my shoulder,” Hamels said.

He later said the tendinitis is in his biceps, but for Phillies fans who understand several things need to go perfectly for the team to make the postseason in 2014, it is cause for concern. But Hamels seemed unworried and said after talking with Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan they simply decided he should not throw in December.

Hamels, 30, did not have a MRI.

“Right now I’m just kind of in the middle stages of my throwing program, which doesn’t allow me to throw bullpens at the moment,” he said. “Don’t feel alarmed. I feel healthy now. It’s just trying to get the strength and the stamina to be able to do that comfortably and not injure myself. But other than that, I’m glad we were able to find it earlier. Things look good. I will progress during Spring Training into the start of the season.”

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