Cole Hamels could be back in two weeks

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John Finger of CSNPhilly.com reports that Cole Hamels could be pitching for the Phillies in two weeks. Hamels is scheduled to pitch for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers on Friday in Lakeland, Fla. and could need just one more start for Clearwater after that. Then on to the bigs:

“I’ve been going up 15 pitches per game and I’m up to four innings so the next one will be five or six innings,” Hamels said.

“It could be two more, I believe so. We’ll talk about it and discuss it. But everything is going well between starts. There is nothing in the back of my mind and nothing lingering. I’m letting it go good.”

That could put him back in the rotation when the Phillies face the Dodgers between April 21 and April 24.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.