Hamels to throw in minor league game

Updated: March 22, 2009, 10:40 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels had a bullpen session Saturday morning, throwing 41 pitches and reporting no elbow stiffness afterward.

Cole Hamels
Hamels

During the session, Hamels simulated the break between innings, resting for five minutes before resuming throwing.

"The point we were trying to make was taking five minutes off and seeing how it feels when I come back and throw again the second time," Hamels said, according to MLB.com. "From the windup, it felt good."

He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in a minor league game. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hamels is planning on throwing about 50 pitches.

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Hamels flew to Philadelphia on Monday to get checked out after he reported feeling stiffness and tightness in his pitching elbow. An examination revealed no structural damage, only inflammation, and Hamels received a cortisone shot.

"The only soreness I have is from the injection, and that actually has been fading day by day," Hamels said, according to MLB.com. "Other than that, all the spots that were kind of causing me soreness didn't cause me any discomfort at all, so I think that's a good thing."

Earlier in the week, Hamels had expressed hope at still being able to pitch the Phillies' opener April 5. The Phillies did not endorse that thought, and on Saturday, it appeared Hamels was accepting that outcome.

"Truly, I think that's the last thing on my mind," Hamels said about Opening Day, according to MLB.com. "I just need to be game-ready. I haven't started throwing my curveball yet. I need to really focus on that, and I really need to be able to focus on locating my fastball in and out and throwing my changeup for strikes. That's the only way I'll be effective and good to this team is if I can go out there and pitch healthy and get the job done."

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