Phillies Cole Hamels suffers setback, April looks doubtful

Phillies Cole Hamels suffers setback, April looks doubtful
March 6, 2014, 10:15 am
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The Phillies were dealt with some unfortunate news on Thursday as Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis at spring training in Clearwater, Fla. After the initial diagnosis it appeared Hamels would be able to return to the Phillies rotation by the end of April, but now that looksunrealistic.

Hamels had to cancel his throwing session on Thursdsay because of "fatigued arm." Here is what he told CSNphilly.com:

“My body is telling me, 'Hey, you’ve got to take a step back and start over.” 

Hamels confirmed he expects to now debut later in the 2014 season.

"April is the last thing I want to think about right now," Hamels said. "I would say, right now, we’re just taking it day by day. Ultimately I just want to get back out and get on the mound and see how I’m going to fare there."

Hamels said he basically has "dead or frozen arm." Either way, it does not sound good. Without Hamels the Phillies will look to spring training invitees Sean O'Sullivan, Jeff Manship or David Buchanan to take the final spot in the rotation. Newcomer Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has also been struggling, according to several reports. They still have Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett, but depth is becoming a serious issue.

The Phillies have not said whether a MRI or cortisone shot is the next course of action.

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