Weekend Update

Cole Hamels left practice early yesterday, thanks to a personal issue that he is attending to. While this may raise some eyebrows on the foreheads of conspiracy theorists -- he left camp on the same day pitching coach Rich Dubee said his ace was behind the other pitchers at this stage of the game -- Dubee told reporters yesterday there is no cause for concern about Hamels health.

It will be interesting to monitor Hamels this spring and early in the regular season after a regular season in which he threw a career-high 227 1/3 innings, followed by 35 innings in the postseason. Last year was the first season of his career in which he did not spend time on the disabled list.

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The Grapefruit League opener is Wednesday against the Pirates. Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton are scheduled to pitch in the game.

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