Feb 13, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (35) listens to some instruction during Thursday

Fantasy Baseball: Phillies' Cole Hamels suffers setback, unlikely for April

Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitcher Cole Hamels was the first player to go down with an injury this spring training, when it was found out that he developed biceps tendonitis before he ever picked up a baseball when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.

Feb 12, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) works out as they report at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hamels was aiming for a return early in April, but that may not be the case now.

The veteran left hander suffered a setback in his recovery, which will likely push his timetable back a good bit.

“I believe I threw 35 pitches,” Hamels said via Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. “To my body it felt like a thousand. I think I pushed it a little too hard too quickly. And I wasn’t able to recover the way I obviously use to or would be accustomed to. I didn’t feel like it was safe to push it in that direction because I think that would have led to injuries. So I’m just really trying to allow my body to catch up. I’m trying to build the biggest base of strength that I possibly can to throw. And in the short period that I have had, I wasn’t able to build it the best I could to face hitters.”

Despite the injury, Hamels still has an ADP of 79 and is the 14th pitcher off the board on average.

This latest news should impact his draft status in a big way.

I know for one thing, when I hear the word tendonitis I often stay away.

Nine times out of 10, something like biceps tendonitis always results in the final diagnosis being the elbow and eventual Tommy John surgery.

Whether that’s the case or not with Hamels remains to be seen, but I would shy away from Hamels at all costs or proceed with extreme caution.

I can’t realistically rank him among my Top 30 pitchers right now and unless I see him on the board extremely late in my drafts, I am staying away from him altogether.

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