Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels won’t throw off a mound for at least another week after feeling fatigue from his latest throwing session.
Hamels entered spring training behind schedule following biceps tendinitis in November. Hamels said after Saturday’s mound session in Clearwater, Fla., his third of spring training, he doesn’t feel 100 percent.
‘‘I believe I threw 35 pitches,’’ the 30-year-old lefthander said. ‘‘To my body it felt like a thousand.’’
Hamels was scheduled to face hitters for the first time in a bullpen session Thursday but that was canceled. Asked whether he believed he could join the rotation in April, Hamels was noncommittal.
‘‘I think that’s the last thing I’m going to think about,’’ he said. ‘‘Ultimately, I just want to get back out and get on the mound and see how I’m going to fare there.’’
Hamels said he isn’t scheduled for an MRI. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team doesn’t have any concerns over the structural integrity of Hamels’s arm.
‘‘The only thing that’s a concern for me is the fact that we have to push him back,’’ Amaro said. ‘‘The fact that he’s throwing, not having any pain or anything like that, this is part of the rehab . . . We just have to be patient.”
Hamels is entering the second season of a $144 million, six-year contract.
Big deal in the cards?
According to multiple reports, the Cardinals and third baseman Matt Carpenter are close to finalizing a six-year deal worth between $50 million and $55 million. The negotiations were first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carpenter, 28, earned just $504,000 last season, when he led the majors in runs, hits, and doubles while playing second base . . . Diamondbacks righthander Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss 7-10 days because of a back injury. Arroyo was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday and had an MRI, which revealed a slightly bulging disk. ‘‘We still feel like there’s enough time for him to be ready for the beginning of the season,’’ manager Kirk Gibson said.
Tanaka is not sharp
Masahiro Tanaka made his second spring appearance for the Yankees after waiting out a 1½-hour rain delay in Clearwater, Fla. He allowed two hits and one run in three innings against the Phillies as New York won, 4-3. He served up a home run to Freddy Galvis. ‘‘I felt that I wasn’t at the top of my game going onto the mound today,’’ Tanaka said through a translator. Derek Jeter had two hits to end an 0-for-10 slide . . . Angels manager Mike Scioscia unsuccessfully challenged a call at the plate that denied Mike Trout an inside-the-park home run against the Dodgers in Tempe, Ariz. Trout was thrown out at home after his liner got past diving center fielder Yasiel Puig. The teams tied, 4-4, in 10 innings . . . Angels righthander Dane De La Rosa left the game with tightness in his forearm . . . Cuban defector Jose Abreu hit his first home run in a White Sox uniform as split-squad Chicago tied the Royals, 6-6, in Surprise, Ariz. . . . Kansas City righthander Matt Lindstrom (strained left oblique) felt discomfort in a throwing session Wednesday and has been shut down . . . Rain in Florida forced the cancellation of five Grapefruit League games . . . Dr. Frank Jobe, the sports medicine pioneer who was the first to perform an elbow procedure in 1974 that became known as Tommy John Surgery, died Thursday. He was 88. Obituary, B12.