CLEARWATER, Fla. – Positive steps for a couple of Phillies pitchers with health concerns:
• Cole Hamels says he will throw his first bullpen session next Tuesday.
• Reliever Mike Adams is scheduled to throw from a mound on Feb. 27.
Hamels’ battled shoulder tendinitis in November and December that put him behind schedule coming into camp. He is feeling no pain and has been throwing on flat ground. Getting on a bullpen mound next Tuesday would put him about 11 days behind the rest of the starting pitchers.
Phillies officials say they are not worried about Hamels’ health. He is not expected to be ready for opening day and could miss a couple of starts in April.
Adams pitched in just 28 games and none after June 19 last season because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery in late July. He threw 25 pitches on flat ground Tuesday and will continue to do so until his scheduled bullpen session on Feb. 27.
Adams probably will not be ready for opening day.
“That’s probably pushing it,” he said. “I want to make sure that I’m there for the long haul. Early or mid April might be more realistic. I want to make sure I’m ready because I don’t want to go on the DL again.”