It was revealed today that the left-hander has suffered a setback in his recovery from inflammation in his shoulder. While Hamels says he feels no pain in the shoulder, this makes that early-to-mid-April return unlikely, and the Phillies will most likely be without one of their aces until May.
Hamels came to Clearwater already a bit behind the rest of the pitchers after suffering from shoulder discomfort in November.
The injury adds to the problems that seem to be piling up for the Phillies, who have little depth among starting pitchers.
"The only thing that is a concern for me is we have to push him back a little bit. The fact that he's throwing and not having any pain, this is part of the rehab. This is part of what happens. Sometimes it doesn't go in a straight line. We don't have any issues about health, as far as structure. We just have to be patient with his rehab, that's all," said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
So take those words for what they're worth...Time to turn the panic meter up a notch.
By: Kyle Babcock
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