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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.

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:28 am

Hamels gets scare with line drive to hand

Jim Abbott pitched with one hand.  Why can't Hamels?
Well, first of all, Abbott pitched in the American League, and with the DH over there he rarely if ever had to bat.  (I don't rrecall whether interleague play had started yet by the time he retired.)
Second, it probably took Abbott years to develop the shift-the-glove maneuver he needed and fully incorporate it into his pitching motion.  It probably took longer to perfect that than it will take for Hamels to recover from the injury.
But with many of these pitchers, everything needs to be just right for them to be at their best.  (Hamels himself was long known for not liking to pitch in day games--like yesterday's.)  Injuries to seemingly unrelated body parts can be just enough of a distraction to some of these guys to throw their rhythm off.  I just hope that doesn't happen with Cole.

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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:26 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.

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