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Phubar! Cole Hamels phlying to Philly to phix pain in left elbow

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Nobody with the Phillies seems to mind it too much, but Cole Hamels is having elbow pain and is heading back to Philly today to have team doc Michael Milici Michael Ciccotti have a look.

Ready, Philadelphia?

Set...

Panic!

Hamels threw more pitches than any other player in the majors a season ago, so pitching coach Rich Dubee said Hamels would take it easy this spring, at first. Well, all that extra elbow movement takes its toll, even on an athlete such as Hamels, who takes his conditioning seriously.

Phils' GM Ruben Amaro says it's possible Hamels misses his scheduled opening day start. But he might not miss it.

Here's what Hamels told reporters earlier this morning:

It's just been kind of that mild discomfort that I don't want to deal with during the season. So if he (the doctor) can lessen the inphlammation and the discomphort, I'll be able to throw and be productive."

Here's a full chronology in the ZoZone of what's happening.

Here's a final quote from Hamels, who seems unphazed by this disaster turn of events:

"Twenty days until Opening Day," Hamels said. "My body and shoulder is pretty much ready. It's just trying to get that mild discomphort out."

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