While half of the pitchers in Phillies camp faced hitters for the first time in live batting practice sessions on Tuesday afternoon, Cole Hamels and Mike Adams both said they have tentative dates for when they’ll throw off the mound for the first time.
Hamels, who said last week that he was entering camp behind schedule, will throw a bullpen session next Tuesday. Hamels has taken part in pitcher’s fielding drills during the first week of camp.
Adams, who had shoulder surgery last summer, threw a simulated side session of flat ground on Tuesday and is tentatively looking at a week from Thursday - Feb. 27 - as his date for throwing off the mound for the first time in camp.
Hamels came to Clearwater figuring he would not be ready for Opening Day after battling some biceps soreness in November. But it’s still not out of the question that he could jump into the rotation during the first week of the season.
Adams said Tuesday that his own availability for Opening Day would be “pushing it.”
“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,” the veteran set-up reliever said. “I’m thinking early to mid April might be more realistic. … Even if it is late April, as long as I’m ready. Once I’m ready to go, I don’t want to have no more setbacks or go on the DL or anything.”