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Cole Hamels left last night’s game due to back tightness

Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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Things you don’t really see when you just read the box score (and when you’re not following Twitter because you’re planning your weekend getaway): Cole Hamels may have pitched brilliantly last night, but he also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning due to back tightness.

A big deal? Probably not. Hamels and the Phillies were up big and he had already thrown 99 pitches, so it may have just been precautionary. Still, something to watch.

  1. bleedgreen - Jun 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    He has already said he’s fine and will make his next start.

    “Early reports say that Hamels only had a “knot” in his back, which will allow many to breathe a little easier. After the game, he exclaimed he would absolutely be making his next start, that his back tightened up a bit. Still, for a few minutes everyone muttered to themselves “knot again.” (Spell check, please).”

    http://philliesnation.com/archives/2011/06/phillies-bats-launch-5-homers-back-hamels/

  2. halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Cy Cole will be fine. He has an excellent masseuse that travels with him and takes care of his back. The masseuse will pamper his back a little extra today so he can get back to mowing down the rest of the league.

    All hail Cy Cole!!!!

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Lefty II will be fine. Hour-long pregame rain delay obviously hurt him a little, plus the fact that the Phillies had a couple long innings and it wasn’t the warmest night either.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Yeah start time temp was in the upper 70s. It was 58 when he left. 20 degree temp drop, humidity shoots up, its understandable.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        As long as Utley keeps hitting like the old Utley, things will really be just fine.

    • cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      That low temperature will do it. I hate cold wet weather. Keep that in mind if you decide you really need to get starkers and bolt up the street in the unlikely event of less than 100 wins there Chris. You know what the cold will do to you…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        cur, I believe the bet was if they don’t win the NL Least, not 100 wins, right?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        lol I actually found it…yeah it is a boring morning here at work until I get motivated to finish this database I have to write for Friday….

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/10/joe-blantons-elbow-is-still-a-little-cranky-and-definitely-not-100-percent/

        What I said was this…and was i right about the Marlins or what ;)

        “The Marlins are like Sham…they are keeping up with the Phillies right now, but come June, they will fade into oblivion along with the Braves, while the Nationals and Mets never even get a sniff.

        If the Phillies aren’t 10 games up on September 1st, I will streak down Broad Street.”

      • cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Well I can rest easier now. 10 games should be easy for that crew to make. In the unlikely event that they are say 9.5 up, or some such, is it cold and wet in September there like it is here?

      • bleedgreen - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        Its usually still in the high 80’s here on Sept 1st.

  4. cup0pizza - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    I hope it’s a lifelong situation that hinders his career every day.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      Same to you, buddy.

    • mercyflush - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      ‘I hope it’s a lifelong situation that hinders his career every day.’

      kind of like the way your mental defectiveness hinders you everyday?

    • ditto65 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      @c0p – Your comment was so stupid I had to geive ‘bicepts a thumbs up. And I do not like that, not one bit.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Craig, take your VooDoo somewhere else.

    Yeah, He’s just fine…..

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