By Sam Bush

Ex-Phils ace Cole Hamels is having a hard time getting started for the Braves.

The 36-year-old lefty didn’t throw his scheduled side session yesterday due to triceps tendinitis, according to manager Brian Snitker.

Hamels has been working his way back from shoulder discomfort that prevented him from pitching in spring training.

“I think we’re probably a week away from seeing where things are,” Snitker said. “He’s day to day now as far as when he gets back on the mound. His shoulder feels great. He said he’s going through normal things he has before in spring training. We’re probably a week away from seeing where he’s actually going to be when this thing starts.”

Before the rebooted camp started, the Braves said they expected Hamels to be ready for opening day on July 24. But Hamels hasn’t yet faced live hitters or thrown in a game-like situation. The Braves open in 13 days.

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