Phillies' Hamels will miss his next start

It's uncertain when Cole Hamels will make his next start. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
It's uncertain when Cole Hamels will make his next start. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Posted: August 17, 2011

Cole Hamels now knows why he couldn't get loose during his start Friday against the Washington Nationals.

The lefthander had an MRI Monday, which showed inflammation in the posterior rotator cuff behind his left shoulder, and will miss his turn in the rotation Friday. It's uncertain when Hamels will make his next start.

Hamels downplayed his condition, saying he's missing the start because dye was injected into his shoulder prior to the MRI.

"I think because they had to inject dye and because it's very uncomfortable and it takes over 24 hours to come out, so I'm not supposed to throw for two days," Hamels said before the Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks began a three-game series Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. "Missing one start is not the end of the world."

Hamels went on to say he's not concerned about the inflammation.

"We've got five pitchers who I think have inflammation in their shoulders right now," he said. "Because it was uncomfortable in the last start, maybe there was more inflammation. It's just a matter of doing what could be considered a rehab and strengthening up everything and trying to flush out the inflammation as fast as possible."

Hamels was optimistic he'd miss only one start.

"I'm throwing [Wednesday] and I've got a bullpen [session] in two days, and then whenever my spot comes up," he said.

Roy Oswalt will start Friday at Washington. He'll be on normal rest because of Sunday's postponement and Monday's off day. Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday against the Nationals.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the inflammation is the result of Hamels' workload and not from an injury.

"It didn't come from one pitch," Amaro said. He expressed relief the MRI showed no structural damage.

"We're pretty pleased," he said. "He's got some inflammation in his posterior rotator cuff, but no major changes. We just want to be cautious about it. We've got a long way to go until the end of the season and so we want to be careful with him."

Hamels was pulled after five innings of the 4-2 loss to the Nationals. He lacked his typical command and his fastball didn't have its usual velocity. It was only the fifth time in 25 starts Hamels didn't pitch into the sixth inning.

Afterward, Hamels surmised the stiffness was the result of the normal fatigue many pitchers endure at some point during a season. He has pitched 172 innings, which was tied for third in the National League. Including playoffs, he pitched 223 innings last season.


Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at rparrillo@phillynews.com or @rayparrilloinq on Twitter.

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