Hamels, Adams to Begin Rehab in Clearwater

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 02, 2014 06:08 PM | Comments: 2
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According to the Phillies, both Cole Hamels and Mike Adams will begin their rehab assignments in Clearwater.

Adams will start his on Thursday, while Hamels gets in gear on Sunday. Good news for both. I’m really eager to see what Adams has left in the tank and if he can get past the injury issues that have lingered now for the better part of a year. The Phillies could use the stability of a tested late-inning reliever knowing the status of their bullpen parts currently.

As for Hamels, there has been nothing but positive reports following his throwing sessions, so there’s a possibility that if no setbacks occur, he’d return to the team in late-April. The Phillies can ill-afford to have Hamels miss much more time than that.

Also, Jimmy Rollins is headed home to be with his wife who is about to give birth to their second child.

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  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    Good news on Hamels and Adams.
    Brief comment on Sandberg’s peculiar managing in the 2nd game. Besides the questionable decision in using a rookiie reliever in the 9th inning, why change the lineup so drastically? According to one of the announcers (was it “Chuckles” McCarthy?) Sandberg was taking a long range view of keeping the players fresh and free of injuries throughout the season by substituting freely as he sees fit to do. Huh? The season just started and he decides to take Asche with the hot bat out of the line-up and use Nix, a .215 career hitter. That’s playing righty/lefty percentages in the 2nd game of the season.. is that it? Geez!

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Nix over Asche vs. lefties actually makes sense.

      In his brief time last year (very small sample, only 34 PAs), Asche hit only .219 vs. LHPs with a .265 OBP and .609 OPS.

      In the minors Asche hit quite a bit better vs. righties than lefties:
      vs. RHP: .295 with .352 OBP and .818 OPS
      vs. LHP: .266 with .318 OBP and .681 OPS

      But since 2011, Nix has hit .262 with a .346 OBP and a .739 OPS against left handers.

      I can see easing Asche in vs. LHPs. After his good game on Monday, why throw him into a situation where he might struggle right away? Let him build some success vs. righties first.

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