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Hamels Throws 48 Pitches; April 10 Target Seems Probable

Cole Hamels threw in a minor-league game today in Clearwater. The result: Good, but a work in progress.

The ace threw 48 pitches, 35 for strikes. The final tally: 3.2 innings, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K. Good line, but 48 pitches is nowhere near game-ready. Hamels will get two more outings before the season begins; David Murphy reports he’ll probably throw 70 pitches in his next start (Suinday), then 90 against the Rays during the on-deck series.

Hamels said the soreness isn’t there anymore, and the velocity (not known yet) will increase as he throws more:

“Truly, I was trying to let the ball go,. But my velocity I think in spring training is always, every start, it will go tick, tick, tick (upwards).”

The April 10 target date for regular season pitching reported yesterday remains intact.

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