In a rotation full of star power, the Philadelphia Phillies list Cole Hamels as the number one starter on their depth chart. Therefore, it had to be a scare when Hamels had to be shut down earlier this winter due to shoulder soreness. The Phillies are now admitting that Hamels did experience some problems with his left (throwing) shoulder, but are stating that all is fine now and Hamels is doing fine.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. According to Amaro, Hamels “got aggressive” with his throwing program
sometime in October. The pitcher, according to Amaro, “had some
soreness” and contacted [head athletic trainer] Scott Sheridan.
“We shut him down for a couple of weeks, but he’s fine now,” Amaro said.
backed him off and slowed him down, but he’s back throwing now and doing
fine. He’s had no complaints.”
The 29-year-old native of San Diego, California has had some minor arm troubles before. Still he has compiled a 91-60 won/lost record in his seven-year career, all with the Phils, and won seven additional games in post-season play. 2012 saw him strikeout a career high 216 hitters. In July, he was awarded with a record six-year $144 million dollar contract.
With all that on the line, Phillies management would not be blamed for panicking at news of arm trouble for Hamels. “I’d be concerned if this was an issue, but we don’t view this as an issue at all,” Amaro said Thursday.
Phillie fans can breathe easier, as long as Amaro is no longer keeping the truth under wraps.
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