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Phillies ace Cole Hamels suffers setback


By on 3/06/2014 12:49:00 PM

Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels is having a hard time preparing for the 2014 season. The southpaw has been recovering from tendinitis, but was progressing a lot quicker than expected back toward getting into games. That has suddenly changed.



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Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported this news via Twitter, trying to give Phillies fans reason to hope the left-hander won't be on the sidelines for very long:
As Zolecki said, it's still undetermined whether or not Hamels' 2014 debut will now be delayed until May, but the team must move slowly with their ace. The silver lining is that no actual damage to his throwing arm exists, and this could just be a temporary issue while he regains his strength.

For the Phillies to compete in the National League East (mainly against the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves), the organization needs Hamels to lead the way. The three-time All-Star posted an 8-14 record with a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 220 innings pitched last year.

One of the reasons Philly signed him to a long-term deal was for his consistency and durability. He's thrown 200-plus innings in five of his eight big-league seasons, including the last four seasons in a row. Depending on how long this latest development pushes him back, that streak could be in jeopardy.

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