Cole Hamels Suffers Setback, Might Not Pitch in April
Bad news. Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from tendonitis in his left shoulder. Via Chris Branch on Twitter:
Another setback for Cole: his arm is “fatigued out” and he’s putting the brakes on his throwing program. Probably won’t pitch in April.
— Chris Branch (@ChrisBranchTNJ) March 6, 2014
The thought was that Hamels would miss his first two regular season starts, but it sounds like it could be four or five now. It wasn’t a big deal before because the Phillies have two off days on April 3 and 8, which allows them to run with a four-man rotation. Now, they’ll have to consider who they’ll be adding at the back end of the rotation, whether it’s Jonathan Pettibone, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, or one of the many non-roster hurlers vying for a job this spring.