CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels said he won't be able to make an Opening Day start for the second successive season after feeling discomfort in his pitching arm during the offseason.
Hamels said he no longer is feeling any pain or discomfort but that he is "eight to 10 days" behind the rest of the pitchers in camp. Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp Wednesday; they hold their first official workout Thursday.
Hamels initially said he felt discomfort in the shoulder, but the injury was diagnosed as biceps tendinitis. He called the ailment a "kink in the system" after he rebooted his throwing program in mid-to-late November.
"It was cranking back up on top of the weightlifting I was doing," Hamels said. "I think it was just getting into the exercises too fast, too soon."
Hamels is hoping to throw his first bullpen session in the next eight to 10 days.