Hamels pitches, feels good

Cole Hamels threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a minor league game against Pirates farmhands this afternoon. Most important, he reported no tightness and inflammation in his left elbow. Second most important, he allowed no runs, one hit, one walk, and struck our five, throwing 35 of 48 pitches for strikes. He will need to make two more starts, and though he doesn’t expect to start opening night, he probably won’t miss a turn.

 The elbow issues behind him for now, Hamels said, “I think now I can really focus on getting ready for the season.”
Also in minor league action, Joe Blanton pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits. He walked none and struck out five. 
J.C. Romero threw two innings, allowing one hit, zero runs, zero walks, and striking out three. He threw 17 pitches, 14 for strikes.