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Cole Hamels undergoes precautionary MRI on left shoulder

Aug 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

Cole Hamels blamed his poor performance Friday on a dead arm, but the Phillies aren’t taking any chances with their prized left-hander.

According to Leslie Gudel of, the Phillies sent Hamels for a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder today. The results aren’t yet available.

Hamels gave up three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings against the Nationals on Friday while showing diminished velocity. While he told reporters following the game that he didn’t feel any pain, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the left-hander experienced some stiffness in his shoulder.

The Phillies were rained out yesterday and have an off-day tonight, so they could push Hamels back in the rotation even if the MRI doesn’t reveal anything serious.

Hamels, 27, is 13-7 with a 2.62 ERA and 155/35 K/BB ratio over 25 starts this season. He ranks third in the National League with 172 innings pitched.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    too bad, soo sad, im expecting more to follow :)

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Maybe Cole can start with that “i just wish the season was over already” cry baby story of his! hahahhahahaha go on cole, throw in the towel!!

    • drunkenhooliganism - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      Maybe you can live vicariously through your friend, who has met his father.

    • tjv027 - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      He can’t throw away his towel, he needs it to wash and dry his World Series MVP trophy.

  3. nocryinginbaseball07 - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    Venom without substance, as usual.

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