News isn't the only thing breaking on twitter, as this morning has brought us updates on two pitchers, one good and one bad. You want the, uh, good news or the bad news first? Bad news? Good call. Okay, so remember that international splash the Phillies made a few months ago that made us all kind of smile and think maybe the times they were a-changing? No, no, not the Encarnacion signing. Right, yeah, the other guy. Mitch Gonzar or whatever. Yeah, he's not feeling so good:
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will not pitch today as scheduled because of shoulder soreness. Expected to open season in minors regardless.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 12, 2014
El Hombre Misterioso has a sore shoulder and is not pitching on his scheduled turn today. http://t.co/BHytiWAzQb— David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) March 12, 2014
So hey good news cause shoulder injuries are usually pretty easy to fix, right?
To be fair, this shouldn't count as some sort of season altering news, because if anyone was actually counting on MAG to be a really good number three or something anymore, then you must be paying even less attention to Spring Training than I am. Still: something, something pitching prospects, something something.
Speaking of news that does affect the season, that swooning sound you heard from the Northeast corner of our country is Blog Mistress Liz Roscher hearing about the recent Cole Hamels news:
Can report that Cole Hamels threw a bullpen and is alive.— Chris Branch (@ChrisBranchTNJ) March 12, 2014
Cole Hamels threw from a mound. It was difficult to see, I can report.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 12, 2014
But what does this mean for his time table?
Cole Hamels is at least four weeks behind his normal schedule. He rebooted Wednesday with 20 fastballs: http://t.co/Pc1z3roIUh— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 12, 2014
Well, it's better than "indefinite" anyway. More importantly, let's turn to Liz to see what this means for our emotional wellbeing as fans:
Cole "Pitcher Of My Heart" Hamels was scheduled to throw a bullpen this morning, and thankfully there's good news to report.HE'S ALIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
Hooray! Finally, speaking of something that is just really good all around news: guess who got a twitter account?
Flying to Crystal River, stuff you can't do as a player. Get your bingo baseball tickets firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/Hc9bHwFdbd— Roy Halladay (@DocHalladay32) March 12, 2014
YES! YES! VIVA BASEBALL!
...say when does the regular season start again?