Hamels Throwing from 120 Feet, Edwards To Pitch in Iowa Again Tomorrow

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Hamels Throwing from 120 Feet, Edwards To Pitch in Iowa Again Tomorrow

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This is not much of a substantial update on either Cole Hamels or Carl Edwards Jr., but there is news and it is positive, so I thought I’d pass it along.

First, Hamels:

Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting that Hamels will partake in some long tosses at 120 feet today (note: Mark Gonzales reports that he already did, but it’s not clear), and if that goes/went well, it could lead him to a bullpen session soon.

Here’s what Brett had to say after the last update yesterday:

If Hamels can throw off the mound by, say, Wednesday, it’s not impossible to see him being competition-ready a week after that. If that’s a minor league rehab outing, it would take place sometime in that last week and a half of July, and it’s possible he could be back with the big league team by the end of this month.

Thanks to off-days, if the Cubs wanted to just go with their front four starters after Alec Mills fills in on Tuesday, they would need only one more fill-in start the rest of the month. Hamels, at that point, would’ve missed only three starts despite missing a month of the season.

And all of it still applies.

As for Edwards, he’s made three rehab outings at Triple-A Iowa already this month (2.1 IP,1H, 1BB, 2Ks) and is apparently going to get at least one more tomorrow.

If that goes well and he’s feeling strong, it’s not hard to envision a return to the big league bullpen relatively soon (like possibly before the end of this week). And when he does finally return, I’ll be welcoming him with open arms.

After all, in his 13.1 innings before the injury and after his call back up to the big leagues, Edwards had a 2.03 ERA (2.61 FIP) with a 31.9% strikeout rate and 6.4% walk rate. He also kept lefties to a .154/.200/.154 slash line during that stretch, which is something the Cubs could absolutely use right now. Stay tuned.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami