Cole Hamels reportedly suffered shoulder soreness

Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels
Posted: January 12, 2013

Cole Hamels was restricted in his throwing program earlier this offseason because of shoulder soreness, CSNPhilly.com reported Thursday, but the issue was never serious enough to require a doctor's examination.

"I'd be concerned if this was an issue, but we don't view this as an issue at all," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com.

Earlier in the week, Amaro said there were no outstanding injury issues to his knowledge, including for reliever Mike Stutes, who had shoulder surgery last June.

"Knock on wood, I don't see anybody being behind right now," Amaro said. "Everybody is going to be on time. Stutes has been throwing, so he should absolutely be fine unless there is a setback. Right now we view everybody on our roster as ready to go."

The one caveat, of course, is Chase Utley. No one will know if his knees will be ready to go until he steps on the field for a Grapefruit League game.

As for Hamels, he underwent an extensive physical, including an MRI exam on his arm, upon signing his $144 million deal last July. Once he felt the soreness, he informed Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, who advised Hamels to back off his program. For now, it was only a bump in the road.

Few WBC defections

Phillies pitchers and catchers must report to Clearwater, Fla., by Feb. 12. If it seems a bit early, that's because it is, thanks to the third iteration of the World Baseball Classic this spring.

Three years ago, the Phillies lost three everyday position players to WBC play during spring training. This time, Amaro is anticipating a smaller loss of talent. Players who leave teams to play for their country could be absent for up to four weeks.

"I don't really view us as losing many players," Amaro said.

Phillippe Aumont will be one. He is expected to pitch for Team Canada, just as he did in 2009. Aumont is a top candidate to earn a Phillies bullpen job. Outfielder and fellow countryman Tyson Gillies could also leave camp; he was on Canada's roster during qualifying.

The United States will reveal its preliminary roster next week and no Phillies are expected to be on it. Jimmy Rollins is a possibility - he played in 2009 - but the United States may go with Troy Tulowitzki, if he is medically cleared.

Panama did not qualify for the tournament. That means Carlos Ruiz, who is allowed to participate fully in spring training despite his 25-game suspension, will be in camp.

Adams' complex option

Here are some details on the two most recent contracts the Phils signed.

Mike Adams signed for two years and $12 million: $5 million in 2013, $7 million in 2014, with a club option for 2015 at $6 million. The option year vests at $6 million if Adams appears in 65 games in 2014; and at $6.5 million if he appears in 120 games in 2013 and 2014, with 60 games in 2014. The vesting provisions can be voided if Adams is deemed unable to pitch on opening day 2015 because of an injury to his pitching elbow or shoulder occurring before the end of the 2014 season.

John Lannan signed for one year and $2.5 million, with several bonuses: $200,000 for 150 innings pitched; $200,000 for 160 innings; $200,000 for 170 innings; $200,000 for 180 innings; $200,000 for 190 innings; $250,000 for 200 innings; $250,000 for 210 innings; and $250,000 each for pitching in his 31st through 34th games.

That means Lannan could earn as much as $5 million, if he makes 34 starts with at least 210 innings pitched. (His career highs are 33 games started and 2061/3 innings.)


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