Hamels setback: Won't throw for at least a week

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels won't throw off a mound for at least another week after feeling fatigue from his latest throwing session.

The Phillies' opening-day starter in 2013, Hamels entered spring training behind schedule following biceps tendinitis in November. Hamels said after Saturday's mound session, his third of spring training, he doesn't feel 100 percent.

"I believe I threw 35 pitches," the 30-year-old left-hander said. "To my body it felt like a thousand."

Hamels was scheduled to face hitters for the first time in a bullpen session Thursday but that was canceled. Asked whether he believed he could join the Phillies' rotation in April, Hamels was noncommittal.

"I think that's the last thing I'm going to think about," he said. "Ultimately I just want to get back out and get on the mound and see how I'm going to fare there."

Hamels said he isn't scheduled for an MRI. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team doesn't have any concerns over the structural integrity of Hamels' arm.

Amaro didn't appear to be overly worried.

"The only thing that's a concern for me is the fact that we have to push him back," Amaro said. "The fact that he's throwing, not having any pain or anything like that, this is part of the rehab. Things happen. It doesn't always go in a straight line. It's really more a matter of fatigue. We don't have any issues about his health, as far as his structure or anything like that. We just have to be patient."

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