Joe Nathan said his arm felt "a lot livelier" while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
Nathan admitted last week that he was going through a "dead arm" phase, but it sounds like it could be behind him. "Today was more how I felt, being able to finish," Nathan said Thursday. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better."
Santana revealed after Wednesday's game that he had the injury as he sat in his locker with his left thigh wrapped. He played third base on Thursday, though he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In a 1-for-27 funk at the plate and now dealing with an injury, it's probably a good time for Santana to get a day or two off.
Cole Hamels (biceps) tossed seven innings of one-run ball Thursday for High-A Clearwater in what is expected to be his final rehab start.
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Hamels gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out two. The left-hander has posted a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio over his 17 rehab innings to this point, clearing the way for him to rejoin the Phillies' rotation early next week. Assuming the club keeps Hamels on schedule, he'll make his season debut on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.