The news that Cole Hamels likely would not be ready to pitch on opening day could be viewed as a bad omen. But from the way Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure explain it, Hamels’ problems are minor.

“After seeing him throw on the field the other day, I have no concerns,” McClure said Wednesday on Comcast SportsNet. “He looks good. He looks ready to go and he’s in a good frame of mind. When I watch him throw he looks healthy, he’s just a little bit behind with some biceps tendonitis that takes a little bit of time to clear up, but he’ll be fine.”

Sandberg echoed McClure’s comments about Hamels. If there was a concern, the manager said it was because Hamels lost some weight while battling the flu this winter.

The flu and the tendinitis have Hamels playing some catch up, Sandberg said.