Hamels, Majewski, plus Chris Coste ahead of schedule

Lefthander Cole Hamels declared himself on schedule yesterday after allowing two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of his second spring training appearance. Hamels’ main goals now are to build his arm strength and work on locating both his fastball and change-up. He will mix his curve ball into his repertoire later in the spring.

“I wish I could go more, but that’s not the name of the game,” Hamels said. “Mentally, you want to keep going, but your body isn’t ready.”


We'll have more on Gary Majewski in the paper tomorrow. For now, though, I'll tell you that he has definitely caught the Phillies attention early in spring training. The veteran righthander, who had a great 2005 for the Nationals before running into arm problems, has thrown six scoreless innings thus far, striking out six.

Majewski had a devastating power sinker early in his career. He says the sinker is back, though GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he mixing in his slider as well.

"He has to rely more on his slider and mixing up his pitches," Amaro said. "He's moved the ball around on the plate well. He's pitched well enough to continue to compete for us."


We were told earlier today that Chris Coste would likely make his return in a simulated game on Wednesday at Joe DiMaggio Field. But it looks like that won't be the case, because he entered the game in the seventh inning today. He caught two innings and had one at-bat, grounding out to the right side of the infield.