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Cole Hamels undergoes elbow, hernia surgeries

Oct 15, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

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Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow.

The Phillies announced that Hamels should be ready to begin a throwing a program in approximately 3-4 weeks, so he is fully expected to be ready for spring training.

Hamels, who turns 28 in December, went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 194/44 K/BB ratio in 216 innings over 31 starts this season. He earned $9.5 million in 2011 in the final year of a three-year, $20.5 million contract and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Give him a long term deal Ruben….5 years, 90 million….seem fair to you guys?

    • paperlions - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      I would bet Hamels is looking for more than that….in both years and $$/yr.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        What would you say then PL?

      • paperlions - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        No idea….but you think he would take $18M per?

        Seems low. He has one arbitration year left right?

        Lee just got 5 yrs, $120M…you think Hamels would take only 75% of what Cliff is making?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        He still would have one big contract left with a 5 year deal. Also, Lee has a Cy Young to his credit and is the slightly better pitcher right now. I hate to bring up this next stat because I do not value it, but I think others do and play a roll in a contract…but Hamels has never won more than 15 games in a season. To your question, yes this is his last arbitration year. I think 18 mil per is a fair price for Hamels, I have no idea what he would think about it.

      • paperlions - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

        I don’t disagree about Lee being a better pitcher, but is Lee 33% better than Hamels? Because that is how much more he’ll be getting paid if Hamels takes $18M per…plus Hamels is young and improving, the best you can hope for guys Lee’s age is that they don’t start to decline or have nagging injury problems start to crop up during the contract. Hamels will probably get in the neighborhood of $15-16M in arbitration this year. I’d be surprised if he didn’t test the FA waters if he didn’t get a Lee-like offer….especially if he takes a look at the roster and farm system and decides he’d rather join a more talented, younger club.

  2. badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Did the Phils get a group discount on sports hernia surgeries?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      I know right…that is 3 now.

      • leerosenthall - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        Four actually — Polanco had a “double hernia” repaired! ;-)

        Seriously, though, whenever a normally reliable player underperforms, I suspect an underlying injury. Finding out that Pence had a sports hernia AFTER the season ended explained a lot. And “loose bodies” floating around in Hamels’s elbow? Good God, no wonder he didn’t have his best stuff at the end of the season. Clearly the injury issues weren’t solely an issue for the “older” members of that team. I’m sure the next thing we’ll find out is that Ruiz was playing through a groin pull or an achilles problem. No other explanation for his disappointing postseason performance.

  3. gallaghedj311 - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    5 years 90 mil is about right. Lotsa people around here think he’ll get 100 mil easy

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