For the Philadelphia Phillies to get back into contention for the NL East this upcoming season, they’re going to need their ace, Cole Hamels, as healthy as possible, which is why they’re being extra careful with his comeback from the shoulder tendinitis he suffered over the winter.
However, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Hamels worked off of the bullpen mound on Sunday and threw 33 pitches, and everything looked good at first glance.
Hamels just threw bullpen, 33 pitches, and said he felt good.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 16, 2014
Afterward, Hamels expressed to Salisbury how pleased he was with how he performed on Sunday.
“I’m really looking forward to this week,” the 30-year-old lefty said moments after Sunday’s bullpen session. “This week is going to be a really big week with some really big stepping stones. But with everything we’ve been able to do and with the way I’ve been able to recover and gain the strength necessary, I’m really pleased.”
With the timetable he was given, he only has one more of these bullpen sessions left before he faces live batters, which is a great step in the right direction.