Cole Hamels shines in rehab start in Clearwater

Cole Hamels shines in rehab start in Clearwater
April 17, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Cole Hamels, shown here during a Triple A game last month, allowed just one run in seven innings with Clearwater on Thursday night. (AP)

Cole Hamels appears ready to make his 2014 Phillies debut.

Hamels on Thursday shined in a rehab start with the Clearwater Threshers against Lakeland. He allowed one run -- a homer -- in seven innings on three hits, two strikeouts and one walk.

The 30-year-old could make his season debut next week when the Phillies are in Los Angeles for three games with the Dodgers.

"I would say that’s a distinct possibility,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday (see story).

Expected to be the Phils' opening-day starter, Hamels battled shoulder fatigue throughout spring training and opened the year on the disabled list.

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