Cole Hamels could rejoin Phillies by the end of the month

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Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels threw three innings in a minor league intrasquad game Tuesday, with Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reporting that he tossed 44 pitches and allowed one run while striking out three.

According to CSNPhilly.com it was a simulated game in which he faced Single-A hitters and “got three outs in his first inning, two outs in his second frame, and five outs in his third inning.”

Hamels is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but has progressed in his throwing program recently without setbacks and Zolecki writes that “if he remains on his current schedule he could return the final week of April.”

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.