Two Phillies pitchers are on the mend, but there is cause for concern with another. Cole Hamels will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Mike Adams will throw from a mound on Feb. 27, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Adams thinks he can be back my mid to late April. It will be interesting to see how much different he looks when he eventually makes his season debut. Last year, Adams struggled to control the ball and fell off the mound on every pitch, putting him in no position to field hard-hit balls up the middle.
He admitted that the pain he was feeling was affecting his mechanics.
Hamels seems to be right on the schedule he and the team laid out for him when it was announced the first day of camp that he was suffering from shoulder tendinitis. Both Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ryne Sandberg said their concern level with Hamels was at a 2 on a scale of 1-10.
Jonathan Pettibone, however, remains shut down with right shoulder soreness. The Phils hope to have him throw by the weekend, but there's no guarantee he will.
Pettibone was also shut down last season, his rookie year, after 18 starts. He had a 4.04 ERA at that time in just over 100 innings.
It's worrisome that Pettibone's shoulder has acted up for about six months now. When Chad Gaudin was released, it looked like Pettibone had the inside track to the long relief/spot starter role.
Expect the Phils to be overly cautious with Pettibone well into spring training. The 6-foot-6 lefty is still just 23 years old, and remains a piece for the future if he can figure out a breaking pitch.