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Last Fall, word came out that Cole Hamels had battled offseason shoulder problem. This, of course, caused panic in Phillies nation, but the 29-year old lefty assured everyone yesterday that he was fine. He is not concerned about the shoulder at all and downplayed the severity of the issue.
Hamels said yesterday that he wasn't sure anything actually happened to his shoulder, says Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. The Phillies GM Ruben Amaro had indicated earlier in the month that there had been a problem with Hamels shoulder, but Hamels says he is ready for spring training.
"I don't know of anything that happened," he insisted. "I've been healthy. That's the last thing on my list. ... I haven't felt anything of that sort. That's the honest truth. I don't know. I wasn't the one that started it. I know I feel good and I'm ready to go. That's all I can really answer. That's kind of where it is. Same program, ready for Spring Training and finally getting out of the cold. That will be a lot nicer. I'm very excited."
Hamels recently signed a seven-year, $153 million extension to stay with the Phillies well into his 30s. Hamels has proven to be one of, if not the, best pitchers on the Phillies' staff. That's saying a lot considering the team has Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay as well.
Last season, Hamels went 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA. In his career, spanning seven seasons all with Philadelphia, Hamels has a record of 91-60 and a 3.34 ERA. Philadelphia is hoping he can be the main piece of a puzzle that leads them back to the World Series. As long as he's healthy, there's no reason why he can't be.
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