Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cole Hamels likely to miss opening day

Cole Hamels is behind schedule because of tendinitis. This was an auspicious start to spring training for these Phillies, a team that requires pristine health to compete.

Cole Hamels likely to miss opening day


CLEARWATER, Fla. — There was no hint of worry in Cole Hamels' voice, even as he described the pain in his prized left shoulder that forced him to stop throwing in December and put him behind schedule for spring training. The $144 million pitcher is confident he can pitch in April, but he will not be on the mound to start the season.

"Don't feel alarmed," Hamels said. "I feel healthy now. It's trying to get the strength and stamina to do that comfortably and not injure myself. I'm glad we were able to find it earlier. I will progress during spring training. Things will be good."

This was an inauspicious start to spring training for these Phillies, a team that requires pristine health to compete. Hamels was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis shortly before Thanksgiving. He met with Phillies doctors, who deemed an MRI was unnecessary. Hamels is a month behind schedule but believes he can throw off a mound in 10 days.

The Phillies and Hamels are convinced this injury is far from serious. Hamels expects to be ready "not too far behind" opening day. That, of course, is presuming everything goes according to plan this spring.

"I see myself pitching in April," Hamels said.

Hamels is the model of consistency. He has pitched at least 180 innings in seven straight seasons — all before he turned 30 in December. Just five pitchers since 1990 have thrown more such seasons before the age of 30.

The lefthander said he is throwing on flat ground and did so Wednesday morning when Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp.

Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter