Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hamels won't be ready for Opening Day, Phils sign Burnett

PHILADELPHIA - Phillies starter Cole Hamels doesn't expect to be ready for the start of the season because of shoulder and biceps discomfort.

Hamels spoke with reporters Wednesday at the club's spring training home and said he began to feel discomfort in mid-to-late November, but believes he'll be ready sometime in April.

The veteran lefty went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA in 33 starts for the Phillies last season.

On the heels of that news, Philadelphia reportedly agreed to a 1-year deal with veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett, believed to be worth $16 million.

Burnett was 10-11 with a solid 3.30 ERA in 30 starts with Pittsburgh in 2013. In 15 career seasons, the right-hander is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in stints with Florida, Toronto, the New York Yankees and Pirates.

Burnett is perhaps best known in Philadelphia for beating the Phillies in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series, a victory that fueled the Yankees 4-2 series win.

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