Cole Hamels will test his tired arm on Wednesday. The Phillies' ace will throw a bullpen session six days after having a throwing session canceled by arm fatigue, manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters Monday afternoon.
Hamels has not pitched this spring. He announced the day before camp opened that he was dealing with shoulder tendinitis and labored through a bullpen session two Saturdays ago.
"After 35 pitches, my body felt like I had thrown 1,000," Hamels said last week of that session.
This will be the first time he's thrown in 11 days.
Hamels had been a picture of durability during his major-league career. He's pitched 1,281 regular-season innings since 2008, second-most in the NL to Matt Cain. Hamels has also thrown 75 playoff innings over that span.
He will open the season on the 15-day disabled list and will need a few tuneup starts in the minor leagues before making his season debut.
The Phillies can weather the loss in early April, as they won't need a fifth starter until April 14. If Hamels remains out after that, they'll choose between a group of fifth-starter candidates that includes veterans Jeff Manship and Sean O'Sullivan, minor-leaguers David Buchanan and Mario Hollands, and first-year Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.