Hamels to be cautious in recovery from tendinitis

Hamels to be cautious in recovery from tendinitis

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Left-hander Cole Hamels, who is coming back from shoulder tendinitis, said Friday he felt no ill effects from his 20-pitch bullpen session two days earlier, but that he intends to proceed with caution.

Hamels' next time to throw on the side is Sunday.

"I feel really good," Hamels said. "I don't want to be in this situation. I want to come to Spring Training healthy and be able to open the season Opening Day. But I've seen guys [who have] come back [and] really haven't addressed the injuries, thinking it might go away. I'm just trying to be as smart as I possibly can so when I am able to go out, I'm going to be competitive and effective -- not come in and not do as well as I would like and cost the team games and have to go on the DL, because things aren't working out. I want to be there and I want to be there for the remainder of the season.

"Everything's going really well right now. The difficult part is trying to push it and not push too hard, finding that middle ground where the intensity can be there, and you're putting yourself in a good position to keep pace so that you can keep the schedule."

Hamels said he'd still like to appear in a game before the end of Spring Training.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.