PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cole Hamels said he wasn’t worried about his recovery from biceps tendonitis. As recently as Monday, Hamels said his plan was to return within the first couple of weeks of the season. That timeline might be changing.
“I believe I threw 35 pitches,” Hamels said via Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. “To my body it felt like a thousand. I think i pushed it a little too hard too quickly. And I wasn’t able to recover the way I obviously use to or would be accustomed to. I didn’t feel like it was safe to push it in that direction because I think that would have led to injuries. So I’m just really trying to allow my body to catch up. I’m trying to build the biggest base of strength that I possibly can to throw. And in the short period that I have had, I wasn’t able to build it the best I could to face hitters.”
“I’m just trying to go off the schedule that was set forth and you don’t know what to have setbacks,” Hamels said Monday to 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team. “You just keep going, but I know you have to listen to your body. If that comes, I think the training staff and myself are always prepared for that because you don’t want to push it further than what you are capable of doing because that’s when injuries happen.”
“The only solution for it is rest, and that’s kind of what the trainer said. I’m not that type of person that wants to rest. I want to keep going and keep pushing to the limit.”