Cole Hamels' left shoulder tendonitis doesn't appear to be a serious issue. So, if all goes well, the Philadelphia Phillies' ace should be ready to climb a regular season major league hill by mid-April, at the latest.
Dramatic headlines embolden the modern digital screen. As such, news that Hamels might be shelved to start the new season surely generated hits by the millions in recent weeks. Many early spring training stories are often based upon rampant speculation, which is the only currency to be spent.
There are many red pinstriped dominoes that need to fall in place in order for Ryne Sandberg's team to make the playoffs this season. Having number 35 top his starting rotation will make this classic game that much easier from now through the fall.
Hamels only needs one more win to break the century make in his career. With veteran maturity in mind and a long-term guarantee in his portfolio, this modern 'Lefty' should quickly meet the one-hundred mark and then pitch toward his first Cy Young call.
Optimistic? Yes, a bit. But, it's soon time to play ball.