The good news about Cole Hamels' bullpen session today is that he said he felt "really good" after he was finished this morning as opposed to the last time out when he said 30 or so pitches felt like a thousand.
So Hamels is back to work but he still remains noncommittal about pitching for the Phils in April. To get a better sense of when he could return to the rotation, the AP says "Hamels said Wednesday morning's side session, the first time he had thrown off the mound since March 1, was the equivalent of 'the day before spring training.'"
So he's essentially starting his spring training on March 12th.
At least he says he feels really good, from Jim Salisbury's report:
The shoulder “feels really good,” Hamels added. “The past couple days it’s felt really great. I’ve done exercises to kind of get the mobilization, get the range of motion back. We’ve tested the strength from all the angles just to make sure that I’m safe and everything is going to be working properly. That was helpful, along with the program we’ve been able to do for 12 days. I think that’s been beneficial.”
In other Phillies pitching injury news, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was scratched from his appearance this afternoon due to soreness in his arm. That certainly doesn't bode well for the Phils or MAG's chances of earning one of the spots in the rotation.
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Oh man, oh man, oh man. It's finally here. The 2017-18 Sixers season is underway with our squad locked in a pretty tightly contested game down in Washington after a quarter of play.
We've already seen Joel Embiid attempt to destroy the world -- and get fouled.
But the most buzzed about moment from the first frame of the Sixers' young season was clearly when Markelle Fultz went to the foul line and... well, tossed up some ugly bricks.
This isn't the first time we've seen this but it is the first time non-preseason Sixers fans are seeing it. We wondered aloud if the Sixers were doing the right thing with Fulz prior to tonight's game. The lack of information on his injuries is troubling. So what's the deal with that form?
Well, Twitter had a field day with it.
Although Fultz's shoulder looked perfectly fine on this delicious block! He also had a couple of early buckets.
It's a long season, rook. Just please work on that free throw motion.