Aside from Claude Giroux and the Flyers going on a nice little hot streak, it seems like it's been all Jimmy Rollins not leading this and DeSean Jackson me me me me-ing that in the Philly sports talk world these days. So even the most minor bit of positive news out of Clearwater gets us feeling a little excited.
Cole Hamels threw another bullpen this morning and it sounds like it went pretty well.
“It’s been coming quick, especially after I hit the wall (March 1),” Hamels said. “That 10 days off really jump-started me. I feel like I’m 90 percent there with my total body strength.”
Hamels threw out of the windup for the first time this spring and mixed in cutters and changeups.
“It went really well,” he said. “I’m pleased that I’ve been able to build up my pitch count. I’m kind of getting anxious now that I’m feeling good to get the schedule set and get into a normal routine. We can get a little more aggressive.”
Salisbury points out that Hamels still has to face hitters, which he hopes to do this weekend, and that once he appears in game action he's still probably about a month away. May 1st looks to be the earliest Cole could be ready. That's not great for the Phils, but that's much better than missing more than a month, obviously.