Feb 12, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) works out as they report at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Cole Hamels returning to Philadelphia Phillies in late April?

The Philadelphia Phillies may be getting a boost to their rotation later this month assuming everything stays on track for pitcher Cole Hamels.

The Phillies starting pitcher has been dealing with a biceps injury since before Spring Training, an injury which forced him to  miss his Opening Day start.

Now the team, understandably being cautious with Hamels, is hopeful he’ll be back and ready for action come the end of April.

Cole Hamels pitched into the fourth inning of an exhibition game between Class A Clearwater and Low A Lakewood last night. It was Hamels’ second game action this spring. Hamels, who entered spring training 2 months ago behind schedule after battling biceps soreness in November, is eyeing a late-April return to the Phillies rotation. He’ll continue building up his stamina in Clearwater during the next week.

The new-look Phillies are trying to keep their head above water without Hamels in the rotation, so we’ll see how they’ll do in the next few weeks. So far, so good thanks to a 1-1 record against the tough Texas Rangers.

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