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Phillies reveal, downplay Cole Hamels’ shoulder soreness

Jan 10, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed that Cole Hamels dealt with “some shoulder soreness at the end of the season” and then experienced more problems when he “got aggressive” in his offseason throwing program.

However, the GM assured Jim Salisbury of that it’s not a long-term worry, saying:

I’d be concerned if this was an issue, but we don’t view this as an issue at all. … We shut him down for a couple of weeks, but he’s fine now. He was being proactive more than anything else, which is good. We backed him off and slowed him down, but he’s back throwing now and doing fine. He’s had no complaints.

Of course, it’s worth noting that Amaro and the Phillies have been less than forthcoming about some significant injuries in recent years, often downplaying the severity or simply obscuring details.

For now Amaro is saying that Hamels’ shoulder soreness was “not uncommon” and Salisbury notes that the Phillies put the 29-year-old left-hander through a full slate of medical testing before inking a six-year, $144 million contract extension five months ago. And he went 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six September starts, posting a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.

  1. greymares - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    at least now i understand why Jesse Biddle was not being used in the search for the corner outfielder

    • mJankiewicz - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Or because Biddle should be part of the Phillies plans to actually, you know, play for the Phillies.

    • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Biddle is about 2 years away, isn’t he? Yet to pitch in AA, just turned 21. I doubt Hamels’ condition has anything to do with it so much as Biddle has more value as a potential top of the rotation starter than he does for what they can get back in trade in this rather weak corner OF market.

  2. timasahh - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I’ll take their word for it for now, but Utley’s injury the past two years apparently wasn’t a big deal, and Howard was coming back by opening day last offseason. I hope Hamels is truly alright.

  3. nolanwiffle - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I don’t think Phillies phans would object if Amaro limited Hamels to 160 innings this year, then shut him down……would they?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Phillies Phans would object.

      Natitudists would be in quite a awkward spot – on one hand glad he is shut down, on the other hand have to relive there own decisions

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    That’s a clown injury, bro.

  5. bleed4philly - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM


  6. dankil13 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    So does this explain why his FB was 89-92 last year compared to the 91-95 he was dialing up in 2011?

  7. schmedley69 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    We went through this same song and dance with Halladay last year. Not a good sign. Should have never traded Vance Worley.

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