Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels is encouraged after his latest bullpen session.
Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels is encouraged after his latest bullpen session. (FILE PHOTO -- The Associated Press)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels says he is encouraged and that his arm "feels really good" after he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

The Phillies' ace had slowed down his rehab from biceps tendinitis after feeling discomfort earlier in spring.

Hamels entered camp behind the rest of the pitchers after battling biceps tendinitis in November. Since he's roughly a month behind the other members of the Phillies staff, Hamels is likely to begin the season on the disabled list and could miss the majority of April, too.

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."




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