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Cole Hamels will probably think twice before fishing on Roy Oswalt’s property again

Jul 9, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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Cole Hamels has allowed four runs across 20 innings over his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 2.51 to 2.40 for the year. The unlikely secret to his recent success? Poison oak.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, Hamels contracted poison oak on both of his legs while fishing on teammate Roy Oswalt‘s property in Unionville, Missouri during an off-day on June 20. While Oswalt had the presence of mind to wear long pants, Hamels paid the price for wearing shorts.

“It didn’t work out too well for me,” Hamels said, smiling. “I don’t know if I’ll be fishing on (Oswalt’s) property without (long) pants on anytime soon.”

Hamels described the pain as “razor blades on the back of my legs every time I’d take a step.” The 27-year-old southpaw took quite a bit of ribbing from his teammates, but was able to pitch through the condition for subsequent starts against the Athletics on June 25 and the Red Sox on June 30 before his symptoms finally began to ease this past Tuesday against the Marlins.

Hamels, who was just named to his second All-Star team, is 10-4 with a 2.40 ERA over 18 starts this season. His 0.95 WHIP is the lowest in the National League.

  1. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    We don’t need any Roy Oswalt bad luck rubbing off on the rest of our starters. Let’s just stay away from his house all together, shall we guys? On a side note, I should be counted in on the having to say “Go Braves / Go Phillies ” bet going on. It should apply for all people who are fans of the given teams that post on HBT, cause trying to keep yourself out of it, yet relishing in seeing others do having to do it would be no fair victory at all. Pride aside on this one boys. A bet’s a bet. Be ready to pay up Braves fans. Craig and El bravo particularly.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Didn’t hear about this story until now. Just shows you what a stud pitcher Cole is. He obviously pitched through some pain there and did a very good job.

    It just shows you what a good guy and teammate Cole is. He’s not the fishing type but did so anyway to bond with a fellow ace.

    Healthwise, if he is capable, Roy Oswalt needs to be in a Phillies uniform in 2012.

    • xmatt0926x - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      No shot they pick that option up for Oswalt. His back injury history has flared again, he has made it well known with his quotes that baseball is nowhere near his top priorities in life, they are maxed out and have a closer to sign this offseason, and to top it off Cole Hamels needs a sweet contract very soon for about $20 million/year. My only hopes for Oswalt are for him to rest up until late September and be available for a deep run in 2011. After that give him all the tractor time he wants.

  3. cup0pizza - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Sweet! Another completely needless Phillies story! Why is this on here?

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:46 PM

      Solely to pi$$ you off, cup0pizza…

  4. cup0pizza - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    What a stud! He endured poison oak! What a phenomenal teammate! He went fishing! He is the greatest guy EVER!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:46 PM

      …and it obviously worked, didn’t it?

  5. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    The story is on here because it’s sports related. You’re on here cause you’ve got nothing better to do than talk trash on other people. There’s a trick to dealing with the stories that you have no vested interest in. You don’t read them.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      The jury’s still out on whether cup0pizza can read or not.

      • FC - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        Now, now, give him credit, he can at least read PHILLIES. Otherwise he wouldn’t know what the post was about.

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