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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Phillies' Cole Hamels could pitch BP Thursday, games soon after

By on 3/04/2014 08:00:00 PM

Due to tendinitis in his left shoulder, Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels has yet to pitch in a Spring Training game. That could change early next week if all goes as planned. Jim Salisbury of reports that Hamels will begin throwing batting practice to hitters as early as Thursday, March 6. If he has no setbacks, Hamels could make his Spring Training game debut early next week.

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Hamels suffered tendinitis in his throwing shoulder during the offseason. He has had limited activity so far in camp, and chances are that he will not be ready by Opening Day. However, Hamels should be ready by the second week of April. With the days off built into the team's early schedule, he should miss only one start -- two at the most -- especially if he does get into exhibition games next week as planned.

Hamels had a disappointing 2013 with a record of 8-14. He did, though, have a very respectable ERA of 3.60 and WHIP of 1.159 in 33 starts.  He has a career record of 99-74 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.141 WHIP, and 4.2 average WAR. He has made at least 31 starts in each of the past six seasons.

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