Ruben Amaro updated the injury statuses of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay on Thursday to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, also confirming that Cole Hamels felt soreness in his shoulder this offseason.
Hamels began feeling the soreness during his offseason throwing program and alerted Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan, according to Amaro, who said the injury is a non-issue.
“We shut [Hamels] down for a couple of weeks, but he’s fine now,” Amaro told CSNPhilly.com. “He was being proactive more than anything else, which is good. We backed him off and slowed him down, but he’s back throwing now and doing fine. He’s had no complaints.”
Hamels felt shoulder soreness toward the end of last season, Amaro admitted, but no serious issues showed up in the meticulous physical he was given in July before signing a six-year, $144 million deal to remain a Phillie.
Chase Utley will meet with Sheridan next week. Utley has been fielding grounders a few times per week out in California.
Amaro said that Utley "should be 100 percent going into camp," which is a very encouraging statement since he missed the last two springs with chronic knee soreness.
Amaro also offered that Howard "has shown no deficiencies" while training in Florida, and Halladay is getting loose, feeling good and will throw off a mound later in January.
"[Rich Dubee] saw him throw. [Halladay] feels good. His mechanics look good. Everything is positive," Amaro said.
The GM also had strong words on the Phillies' muddy outfield situation.
“I’m eager to see our young guys get an opportunity to steal some jobs. They should understand the urgency, too. We’re playing to win. It’s not just about getting jobs. We want to see the urgency to win out of them, too. If we don’t, they won’t be on the club.”