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This March 9 photo shows Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels winding up against the Cincinnati Reds in a spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. Hamels left training camp Monday afternoon to fly to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by the team physician.
This March 9 photo shows Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels winding up against the Cincinnati Reds in a spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. Hamels left training camp Monday afternoon to fly to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by the team physician.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — World Series MVP Cole Hamels left training camp Monday and flew to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by Phillies team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti.

“He’s had a little bit of a persistent soreness in his elbow. We do not believe it’s serious,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “But at least at this time we thought it was important for Dr. Ciccotti to check him out and see if there’s anything more serious than we think it is.”

The 25-year-old left-hander made his first Grapefruit League start Wednesday. He pitched in an intrasquad game Sunday and didn’t report any pain during four innings.

Hamels feels tightness in his elbow between innings and after he’s finished pitching for the day.

“I was able to throw yesterday,” Hamels said. “It’s just been that kind of mild discomfort, something I don’t want to have to deal with during the season. So if we can figure it out and somehow lessen the inflammation and the discomfort, I’ll be able to throw and be productive.”

Hamels pitched 262 1-3 innings last year, the first season in an eight-year professional career that he avoided the disabled list.

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