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Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Posted on: June 30, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 6:03 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies starter Cole Hamels left Thursday's start against the Red Sox after just four innings, after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his right (non-pitching) hand.

X-rays were negative, and the Phillies quickly announced that Hamels should be able to make his next start. General manager Ruben Amaro later told reporters that there is some chance Hamels will miss a start, but in any case the injury doesn't seem to be serious.

"We don't need to lose any pitchers," manager Charlie Manuel said. "That, we definitely do not need to do."

The Gonzalez liner hit Hamels at the base of his right thumb, and Manuel said the hand quickly began swelling. The ball knocked Hamels' glove off his hand, but he was able to recover in time to throw Gonzalez out at first. Hamels stayed in the game and retired Dustin Pedroia to end the inning, but Manuel sent David Herndon to the mound to start the fifth.

Hamels allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings before leaving the game, lowering his ERA for the season to 2.41, third in the National League behind Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens (2.07) and Philllies teammate Roy Halladay (2.40). Since giving up six runs to the Mets in his first start of the season, Hamels has a 1.98 ERA in 113 1/3 innings.

The Phillies already have two starters (Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton) on the disabled list. Oswalt, who is headed to Texas to get a second opinion on his back injury, expressed some optimism Thursday that he'll be able to return.

"If the second opinion is the same as the first, it's a matter of deciding which of two possible shots to get," Oswalt said.

Oswalt said that when he had similar trouble in 2009, a shot enabled him to return to the mound. But he also said, "I can't pitch the way I am right now."

Blanton remains on the DL with an elbow injury.


Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:25 am
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Braves will win the east, eventually, but not this year or anytime soon.  If you attempt to be objective and not a delusional fan for a sec, you’ll see what everybody else sees; the Phillies are by far the best team in the National League and arguably the best team in baseball, if by only a small margin.

You shouldn't have to wait more than 3-4 years for the Braves to make a run at the east; alright, it’ll be 5 or 6 at the most.  It can’t be more than 7-8 years, right?  Well, I guess it can, but what are the odds? The Braves have to be 50/50 at least to win the east in the next 10 years.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:58 am
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Jim Abbott pitched with one hand.  Why can't Hamels?



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Braves will win the east.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Look out Phillies the Braves are coming..........

Coming where, HDiddly?  From 4 1/2 games back to just 4?  Oh, wow.  See you at our place next week.  (Ohhh, was that what you meant by "coming"?  If so, before they get here you might want to check out: which is better: the Phils' home record, or the Braves' road record?  And if that difference holds, the Bravos will have to do a bit more "coming" after that series than before.)



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Maybe, Jeff, but the bullpen gave up 11 hits in five innings.  That's too many, even if one or two of the hits were cheap. 

Problem is that except for Danys Baez--no great shakes himself--we now have a bullpen that is composed almost entirely of rookies--and second-year man Herndon.  That's an untenable situation, when only two of the rookies--Bastardo and Stutes--appear to be any good.




Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Look out Phillies the Braves are coming..........



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Herndon didn't pitch well, but it wasn't all his fault. The triple by Reddick should have only been a double. Ben Francisco played it into a triple. After that they brought the infield in and a ground ball snuck through the drawn in infield. So instead of a runner at 3rd and 2 outs it was a run scored and another runner on.

I thought Ben Francisco had worked to improve his defense in the offseason. He's made some terrible defensive plays this year and they've all been in RF. It would be one thing if he was contributing offensively, but he's not.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

If we had to bump those guys up to 3 and 4
I recall reading that Hamels was moved up for this game. Worley pitched yesterday, Hamels was supposed to get another start before the All Star break from it. He should still be good to go for that, but Herndon really botched the 2 innings of work he got.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Obviously with that hand he could play. Tape him up and let him continue to pitch. As for batting, let him take 3 strikes for an out, he's worth more on the mound pitching, as Herndon ultimately proved by giving up all 3 runs.



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Glad he is okay because Kendrick is our 5th starter and Vance is our #4 starter right now. If we had to bump those guys up to 3 and 4, then I would be concerned because our lineup is dreadful lately. Big series next week vs the Braves. We have Doc, Lee, and Hamels lined up for next weekend.


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