Cole Hamels Could Return Sooner Than Anticipated

Good news, everyone! CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Cole Hamels “feels great” and could need only two more rehab starts before returning to the team. The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb says Hamels is shooting for April 22 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Hamels has been rehabbing after missing spring training with tendonitis in his left shoulder.

The Phillies are still debating about who to use on Saturday against the Marlins. If Hamels returns on the 22nd, then the Phillies would only need one additional start out of some combination of Jonathan Pettibone, Jeff Manship, and David Buchanan.

When Hamels returns, it’ll be hard not to feel good about the Phillies three out of five days, with Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett as well.

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