Cole Hamels is “progressing really well” and “on course” to start next week

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Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week because of shoulder inflammation, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he remains on course to rejoin the rotation next week.”

Hamels will have to throw a problem-free bullpen session first, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that “he’s been progressing really well.”

Hamels needing just one rotation turn off would obviously be excellent news for the Phillies, but given their lock on a playoff spot and the diminished velocity he showed last time out it might not be the worst idea in the world to give him some extra time off just in case.

Whether he rejoins the rotation next week or in two weeks, their primary goal should be having him at full strength for October.