Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:23:46 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, March 12.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 05:56:12 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) suffered a setback and said he doesn't have pain in his left shoulder, but he is fatigued. Hamels downplayed it and said he doesn't have an MRI scheduled, but he pushed himself too hard, too quickly. He wouldn't say if he could pitch in April.
Fantasy Tip: Hamels' stock should fall a bit now with the uncertainty that he can pitch in the first month of the season. He has quite a few innings logged on his 30-year-old arm. For someone that doesn't throw particularly hard, any loss of velocity or arm strength could be a big factor. Expect him to take a more conservative approach and begin the season on the disabled list. If this means you can land him at a reduced rate, go for it. Arm strength can be rebuilt, and the absence of pain gives a brighter outlook.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:34:53 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) is expected to face hitters Thursday, March 6, and could start throwing in games next week. He has looked good in recent workouts.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:40:07 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session of the spring Saturday, March 1, and he said he expects to face hitters in a live batting practice session next week. "Everything felt really good," Hamels said. "My pitches are really coming along."
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:05:50 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw off a mound for the first time this spring Wednesday, Feb. 26, and pitching coach Bob McClure doesn't expect Hamels to miss more than his first two starts of the season, barring a setback. "Health-wise, he doesn't look like he needs longer, but I don't want to rush him. To be conservative, I would say two weeks. To be not conservative, I'd say (he could be ready) five to seven days into the season," McClure said. Hamels made 35 throws at minimal effort without pain, and he won't mix curveballs in until later this spring. He'll throw two more bullpens over the next few days and then graduate to live batting practice.
Fantasy Tip: This could be a blessing in disguise for Hamels in terms of the big picture in 2014. Missing a few starts shouldn't drastically affect his draft value.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:43:28 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session Wednesday, Feb. 26, and will throw another Saturday, March 1. Hamels said he feels good, but he needs to get his repetitions in and work on pitches and location.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:49:22 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) will throw off a mound for the first time this spring Wednesday, Feb. 26. Hamels said he is feeling really good. He threw a side session Sunday, Feb. 23, and looked healthy and strong. Hamels is confident he'll be with the team sometime in April.
Fantasy Tip: If Hamels can avoid any more setbacks, he may be ready for the start of the regular season. At worst, he may miss a start or two. He shouldn't be dropped drastically in your rankings.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:04:55 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (biceps) threw on flat ground Sunday, Feb. 23, and is considered to be one to two weeks behind schedule. Pitching coach Bob McClure said Hamels will have his first bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 25, where he is expected to throw 28-35 pitches.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:52:19 -0800
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (biceps) came to camp figuring he could not be ready for the regular season opener after battling biceps soreness in November. It is still not out of the question he could jump into the rotation during the first week of the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Hamels will be touch-and-go for the first week of the season, so fantasy owners will want to double- and triple-check his status before setting their lineups for Week 1. There is a ton of time between now and then, but check back frequently for the latest. When healthy, he'll once again be a fantastic fantasy option for his win potential and strikeout totals.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:11:29 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (biceps) will throw his first bullpen Tuesday, Feb. 25, after dealing with biceps tendonitis this winter. He is pain-free, but the injury slowed down his throwing program.