Now we can all breathe some relatively fresh air.
Cole Hamels is absolutely fine.
The diagnosis was inflammation of his left elbow, and Hamels received a shot of anti-inflammatory medication. No structural damage was found, and Hamels plans to restart his throwing program within two days.
"He'll be back tonight," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I can't really speculate on when he'll be pitching on the mound. ... I felt pretty confident it wasn't going to be anything more serious, but it is Cole Hamels."
"I was able to throw yesterday," Hamels said Monday. "It's just been that kind of mild discomfort, something I don't want to have to deal with during the season."
This is great news for not just Hamels, but the entire organization, as their number-one stud ace is going to be just fine. The jury is still out on whether or not he will pitch opening day, but this is one step in the right direction as we will rejoin the Phillies tomorrow.