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:

Todd Zolecki adds that there is no pain in his shoulder, which is good at least. He’ll throw off a mound some time next week if he doesn’t suffer any more setbacks.

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.

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  1. BradInDC

    March 06, 2014 09:15 AM

    Hop on the Man Ship, everyone!

    Truly, this is a bummer.

  2. JM

    March 06, 2014 09:20 AM

    Doesn’t he suffer from arm fatigue every spring? Doesn’t everyone slow back at some point in the spring as they readjust to everyday baseball activities? Did we really expect him to throw in April?

    • rellis

      March 06, 2014 09:38 AM

      He hasn’t suffered arm fatigue in ST. A few years back he had a dead arm late in the season and pitched through it. He has been very durable thus the Phillies extending him. Please try not to re-write history to suit the Hamels haters in this town. You can blame the Phillies for the way they handle injuries but there are a lot of quality innings on Cole Hamels left arm.

  3. David

    March 06, 2014 10:00 AM

    Ervin Santana anyone??

  4. Bob

    March 06, 2014 10:26 AM

    It’s mind-boggling that he won’t get an MRI to see what is going on in his shoulder. People get MRIs these days after minor car accidents; yet, this 160 million dollar shoulder hasn’t been imaged. If there are no objective studies, what the doctor is doing is probably rotating the arm forward and asking, “Does this hurt? Describe the pain.” And then rotating it backwards. That’s hardly the science that I’d expect to be employed on such a large investment.

  5. TomG

    March 06, 2014 10:45 AM

    Cole Hamels is on the roof …

  6. Berdj Joseph Rassam

    March 09, 2014 05:10 PM

    The Phillies need Cole to be healthy and pitch, otherwise expect a sub.500 and very long season.

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