CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Cole Hamels is slated to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time this spring training, still unsure how much of April he will miss.
The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, battling sore biceps since November, said two weeks ago he won't be ready by opening day.
The 30-year-old left-hander, signed to a $144 milliion, six-year contract through 2018, was 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA in the first three months of last season, then went 6-3 with a 2.68 ERA the rest of the way.
Hamels continued to throw in October but after taking some time off, he felt soreness in his arm when he restarted his offseason throwing program in mid-November. Hamels was told to stop his weightlifting program, too.
He was cleared to resume lifting last week.