Hamels could throw bullpen as early as Saturday

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Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels winds up against the Cincinnati Reds in the Phillies' 8-4 loss to the Reds in their spring training baseball game at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The Phillies were very pleased with Cole Hamels' long-toss session today. He tossed with Jamie Moyer at a distance of 150 feet. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan was encouraged that Hamels was able to throw at that distance without any ill-effects.

Hamels will long-toss again tomorrow. If that session goes well, he could throw off the mound on Saturday in preparation for his next Grapefruit League appearance.

"Today was a good sign," Amaro said.

Also, the team doesn't sound too concerned about Chan Ho Park's balky left hamstring, which occurred while delivering a pitch against the Cardinals on Sunday. Park threw a bullpen session today and, assuming his body responds well tomorrow, will make his next appearance on Saturday against the Twins at Bright House Field.

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Spitting might be the best way to describe the weather here this morning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. It's a nice complex, right across the street from Florida Atlantic University, home of the Owls.

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Chase Utley has the day off today but could be back on the field tomorrow. His body seems to have responded well from the recent heavy workload, which included back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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