Sep 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Cole Hamels injured, will not start Opening Day for Phillies

Spring training hasn’t even started and the season isn’t off to a good start for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Just hours before signing A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal, ace Cole Hamels said he is still dealing with tendinitis and will not be ready to start for the Phillies on Opening Day.

Per Matt Gelb:

Cole Hamels says he is behind schedule. Dealt with tendinitis. Will not start opening day.

Hamels started his throwing rehab a month late (ouch) but is expected to be ready to throw a bullpen in about ten days, so while it’s a setback, Hamles said it’s nothing to be overly concerned with.

Of course, tendinitis tends to linger and could become problematic for Hamels and the Phillies down the road, but for now it doesn’t sound overly serious.

Despite the assumption that he will not be ready for Opening Day, Philadelphia’s ace does feel he will be ready at some point in April though didn’t give a specific date of return at this time.

Here’s to a speedy recovery.

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