2014 Spring Training

Hamels throws from the mound for the first time since March 1

Cole Hamels, who has been side lined with fatigue in his left shoulder throughout much of the first half of Spring Training, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday morning. It was his first time throwing from a mound since March 1, before his minor setback.

Though the bullpen went well, and pitching coach Bob McLure said Hamels looked “free and easy” according to Jim Salisbury, he also acknowledged that Hamels is quite behind.

Todd Zolecki reported that Hamels said this 20-pitch session is something that he would normally do the day before Spring Training starts, with McLure adding that Hamels is essentially starting from scratch.

Zolecki also reported that from here on, Hamels’ regimen will depend on how he feels. As of now, he is scheduled for another bullpen on Friday or Saturday but it depends how his arm is feeling on Thursday. If all goes well, McLure said he might be able to go right into throwing batting practice after that, according to Zolecki. He also added that there is a chance he could pitch in a Grapefruit League game this month, but that the chance of him pitching in a big-league game in April is “remote.”

Other injury news: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has a sore shoulder, and will not pitch today as scheduled. According to Ryan Lawrence of The Daily News, the soreness was brought about by long toss yesterday and is in the anterior part of the shoulder. In the same report, Ruben Amaro said Gonzalez was checked by the medical staff, and stressed that it is just soreness. Amaro also said that Gonzalez will be pushed back, and that “Hopefully it is only a day or so.”

 

 

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Bob

    March 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Translation =wait till 2015!

  2. bacardipr

    March 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I’ll wait to the next bullpen session. i hope not but this is following the all too familiar Phillies pattern of recent years.

  3. tjvee

    March 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I’ll make a ( not so ) bold prediction. Hamels will not be a productive pitcher this year.
    His win win total will be in single digits.Low single digits.

    As bacardipr intimated, I say the pattern goes as follows. He come back sometime in May. Has an occasionald start but generally gets shelled regularly. Get shut down. Maybe makes it back in sept. when the team is 20+ games behind.

    • Ken Bland

      March 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      In a series of one more message than I shoulda readed, from a series of singular nominees, this is the most ridiculous message I have read. Cream of the crop. to be sure.

      More time has been put into this reply than advised already. If people driven by a spirit of take your pick of negativity and or/paranoia feel a need to do more than just plain be concerned because of the quizzical status of Hamels, so be it. Even if it winds up accurate, it’s a play out of luck be a lady tonight. But it’s tough enough mastering the physical state of affairs of things one can control, let alone an arm you know through the media. Good lord. Low single digits. I wonder if the powerful web can decipher for me if that’s 3.72 wins, or 6.19. And to think, they say pitcher’s wins don’t matter.

      Frankly, while I hope Hamels does well, my most convictional emotion/thought, perhaps changing if the assumption he’ll pitch pretty well over the remaining contract years is it’s for damned sure that I’m glad as hell he got his boatloads of money. Not that the useless rhetoric of the replied to message is worth 144 million to have your name associated with such nonsense, but you can’t really place financial value on things said about you when you hang in the public life.

      Reckon I got to mid season form before Hamels.

      • Robotnik

        March 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        Kenny B., all I say is – WOW!

        And, I’m looking forward to your challenging and hilosophical posts when our beloved, but, dreadful Phils are sitting at 35-47 come the mid season.

        While I don’t often agree with you, I do often enjoy your posts. Keep up the great work! Your entertainment value may not be worth $144MM, however, you create a reason to check this board regularly.

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