(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — At first the Philadelphia Phillies said they expected starting pitcher Cole Hamels to miss a limited portion of the regular season as he battled arm fatigue. As it turns out, Hamels status for the regular season is in question after suffering an injury setback.
“I believe I threw 35 pitches,” Hamels said. “To my body it felt like a thousand.”
Hamels complained of biceps tendonitis back in November, and in spring training it became apparent that Hamels would miss the first couple weeks of the season.
If the Phillies have any hope of contending in 2014, they’ll need a healthy Hamels.
“The only thing that’s a concern for me is the fact that we have to push him back,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. “The fact that he’s throwing, not having any pain for anything like that, this is part of the rehab, things happen.”
In 33 starts last season, Hamels went 8-14 with 3.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts.
The 30-year-old Hamels is entering the second year of a six-year, $144 million contract.
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