Feb 12, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) works out as they report at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

PHILLIES INJURY UPDATE: P Cole Hamels to Throw from Mound Wednesday

Feb 12, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) works out as they report at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Not even an hour after suffering yet another embarrassing loss in Spring Training action, the Phillies received a bit of good news regarding their prized left-hander Cole Hamels.

The report from CSN & NBC’s John Clark comes within a week of the news that Hamels had suffered a setback in his recovery from left bicep tendinitis. After learning that Hamels was dealing with some ‘dead arm’ symptoms, the team shut down their franchise pitcher to help in his long-term recovery.

A return to throwing from the pitching mound would have to put some concerns of substantial injury at ease. It is possible that Hamels, a workhorse pitcher, was not at his normal level of physical fitness entering spring training. Whether or not he will be ready to pitch before the end of April is still yet to be determined. Given how anemic the team’s offense has looked during the Grapefruit league schedule, the Phillies will need Hamels to turn in a Cy Young-caliber campaign if they expect to even sniff the postseason. Hopefully the only further news we hear regarding his recovery from his offseason injury is another benchmark cleared and another step closer toward pitching at the top of the Phillies rotation.

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