Cole Hamels is aiming to throw off the mound next Tuesday for the first time this spring.  Hamels is suffering from shoulder tendinitis and is expected to join the Phillies' starting rotation at some point in April.

He's beginning to make progress with his throwing program and if all goes well, he should be able to join the Phillies' rotation at some point in April.

In other injury news, Mike Adams hopes to throw off a mound for the first time this spring on February 27.  Adams, underwent shoulder surgery last July and then had hernia surgery in December, is currently throwing off flat ground. He has acknowledged that it could be a stretch for him to be ready for Opening Day.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Pettibone received a cortisone injection yesterday morning for his sore right shoulder.  Pettibone missed the final two months of the 2013 season due to inflammation in his biceps and rotator cuff, and it seems as though the issue was not resolved over the winter.  It's a bit of a concern after biceps and shoulder issues cost him the final two months of last season, but the Phillies don't seem too worried at this point.



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