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March 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels won't be ready on Opening Day, but he made that clear over a month ago, on Feb. 12, a day before pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training. Hamels could be ready at some point in April, however, depending on how he progresses in the coming weeks. Hamels threw just over 30 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday morning; it was the second time he threw off the mound in the last 5 days. Afterward, Hamels was excited with his progress in the last week, following an 11-day layoff due to fatigue.
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March 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ever since Cole Hamels emerged so fatigued from a March 1 bullpen session that he couldn't throw for another week afterward, he and the Phillies have measured his progress back to full strength in percentages and pitch totals. Sunday was more of the same. Still rehabilitating after developing shoulder tendinitis in November, Hamels threw 33 pitches in another bullpen workout. All the pitches were fastballs, and Hamels said afterward that he threw at "around 70 [percent]
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March 16, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
BRADENTON, Fla. - And the Phillies' fifth starter will be . . . Jeff Manship? Maybe. A 29-year-old righthander with an undistinguished major-league career, Manship allowed two earned runs and six hits over four innings Friday in the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the Pirates, impressing manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure and continuing his strong spring training. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter. "His control wasn't as good as it's been, and he showed me he could still pitch without having his best control," McClure said.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The news wasn't quite as troubling as it had been 6 days earlier, when Cole Hamels said he was fatigued and not strong enough to throw to hitters. But the reality remains the same: Hamels will not be in the rotation to start the season, his availability for April is in jeopardy and he's basically at square one of his spring-training regimen. The lefthander threw a side bullpen session yesterday morning at Bright House Field and said his pitching arm felt "really good.
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March 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ten days passed without Cole Hamels' throwing from a mound. Thirty-five pitches in a March 1 bullpen session felt like a thousand to Hamels. That prompted the Phillies to alter a strengthening program to energize his fatigued left arm, a side effect of wintertime biceps tendinitis. Hamels rebooted Wednesday morning in the bullpen at Bright House Field. He fired 20 fastballs, and equated it to something he would do "the day before spring training. " That was four weeks ago for the rest of the Phillies pitchers.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The first 15 Phillies to bat Tuesday were retired in order. They did not muster a hit until two outs in the seventh inning, when Kevin Frandsen blooped a Craig Kimbrel pitch to the opposite field. They lost for the 10th time in 14 Grapefruit League games. No, it is not wise to make judgments using spring statistics - especially in a two-week sample size and for players with guaranteed jobs - but there is a worrisome pattern in the Phillies' malaise. They were no-hit through three innings for the fifth time in seven games.
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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jeff Manship entered free agency last Oct. 19, two days after the pitching-starved Colorado Rockies discarded the righthander. His resumé boasted nothing extraordinary; a 6.42 ERA in 52 career games, a few starts, and a checkered health history. The Phillies called more than a month later. They were the first - and only - team to inquire about Manship's 29-year-old right arm. The two sides reached an agreement Dec. 2 on a minor-league contract. "It was really an easy decision, I thought," Manship said.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Guys like Jeff Manship inhabit a strange world in spring training. One side of the clubhouse shows the normal order of things, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard and Chase Utley listening to music and watching television and eating breakfast together around a rectangular table. Another side bubbles with the immortality of youth, minor league teammates like Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr talking among themselves as they soak it all in, well aware that the exit papers jettisoning them to minor league camp could be signed any day, that their most consequential big-league camps are yet to come.
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Listed second on Friday's pitching schedule tacked to a board in the Phillies clubhouse was "Gonzalez 2-3. " Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw 31 pitches in one inning, and that was enough for Bob McClure, even though the plan called for more. The pitching coach waved at the bullpen from the dugout. Later, Ryne Sandberg used the words "rust" and "erratic" to describe Gonzalez, the team's $12 million import from Cuba. There is opportunity; the Phillies lack a genuine replacement for Cole Hamels in the rotation.
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