Cole Hamels one step closer to April 22 return

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Phillies starter Cole Hamels made a rehab start with Single-A Clearwater on Saturday, going six innings and allowing only one run. He’ll make another rehab start on Thursday, after which he could rejoin the Phillies and make his 2014 debut on April 22 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Hamels showed up to spring training with tendonitis in his left shoulder and the Phillies decided to shut him down for a while. He’s been playing catch-up ever since. It was initially believed he wouldn’t

Getting Hamels back would be a big boost for the Phillies, as A.J. Burnett is in peril of missing his next start due to a groin injury.

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.