A slew of reports out of Clearwater this morning are raising a lot of eyebrows and concern among Phillies fans. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels is reportedly behind his throwing schedule as he has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis which arose in late November. Hamels is 8-to-10 days away from throwing his first bullpen session and, perhaps most concerning, he told CSN Philly he will not be ready for Opening Day.
The optimism of spring training and the slim chance the Phillies will compete in 2014 is fading already. It is only February 12th. Supposedly he isn't worried about the tendinitis and neither is the team medical staff. I've heard that about Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the past too and they went on to miss half the season.
Pardon me if I am a bit skeptical.
Hamels, who turned 30 in December, went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 33 starts for the Phillies. He was the victim of poor run support en route to his career-high 14 losses. The three-time All Star posted a career-high 17 wins in 2012 and coming in eighth place in the Cy Young Award voting despite his 81-81 team.
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