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Cole Hamels (biceps) is throwing long-toss in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.
Suddenly the April 22 return date doesn't sound so far-fetched. Hamels threw it out there last week, but GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. seemed to agree with the estimate. We'll have wait and see when he heads for a rehab assignment before concurring with the estimate.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett