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Cole Hamels suffers a setback

Mar 6, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

Not good news for the Phillies:

He was set to throw live batting practice, but now there isn’t a timetable.

It’s already going to require a series of gambles to pay off for the Phillies to contend this year. If Hamels is gone for long stretches, it’s pretty much an impossibility, I’d say.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I understand that Blanton is available in a trade.

  2. schmedley69 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    You had to cross your fingers and hope that the old guys would stay healthy this year, and now the young guys are getting hurt (Pettibone, Martin, Hamels). The Phillies season is already circling the drain, and it’s not even St. Patrick’s day yet.

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Couldn’t think of anything productive to say, so Will Ferrell youtube videos will have to explain my feelings.

  4. ryanrockzzz - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    This is what a lot of fans in the area were expecting. The Phillies gave the usual “he’s making great progress,” but the signing of A.J. Burnett didn’t ease the concern Hamels would be good to go from Day 1. Not shaping up to be a good year for Hamels. Even once he’s healthy, getting started on the right foot is important, and certainly this year is not looking like that if he is forced to miss time.

  5. phillysports1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Sooooo what exactly is going on with Cole ?

  6. mungman69 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Oh man, these Phillies will need a full season from Hamels if they will have a prayer of contending. Way too many old guys. 130 games from Rollins, Howard and Utley and about 100 from Ruiz won’t be enough.
    No way the Phils can keep up with the Braves or Nats.

  7. roro1015 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Hey Raj, take a page out of Chip’s book….Sports Science!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. jburk003 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    A couple of weeks ago you said the phillies have a better 1/2 than the Giants… Hahahaha I still get a good laugh from that.

    Spoken like a true East-coast biased writer.
    If Bumgardner and Cain got run support, they’d be near 20 game winners the last 2 years

    • tuberippin - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      “If Bumgardner and Cain got run support,”

      If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas. But sure, let’s talk about potentialities all day, rather than realities.

  9. phillysports1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Cliff lee/Cole Hamels < Matt Cain/MadBum

  10. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Anatomy is anatomy.

  11. chc4 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Albie Lopez is available.

  12. Dan - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Perhaps the biggest travesty in this whole thing is the fact that GM Ruben Amaro continues to sell a rotten bill of goods that this team is full of players who should perform up to the contracts he gave them. It is an aging team that he assembled and having taken chances on additional aging pieces in free agency, combined with a farm system that is a few years away at best from being worth more than a few prospects leaves the Phillies with a team that is ripe for implosion by the trade deadline.

    But, yet again, Amaro will explain it away, saying high paid players who performed well in the past did not perform well this time.

    How he still has a job is beyond me.

  13. jburk003 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas. But sure, let’s talk about potentialities all day, rather than realities.”

    Realities? Reality = Phillies one, two AND 3,4,5 lick the dirt off of Cain and Bumgardner. There’s a reality for ya. Go look at the superior Cain/Bumgardner stats…. Than add run support to those stats. It’s widely known that SF has not performed for it’s starting pitchers, and despite that Cain and Bum still have had great careers.

    • sdbunting - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      you said “bum”

  14. phillysports1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    So what ? It’s not the phillies fault you guys don’t have run support behind Cain and bum ! Lol

  15. Youknowimright - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    This is hilarious. Not the injury. You never want to see anyone get hurt , but the fact that philly fans still believe
    ra jr. You guys actually thought hamels was ok and pitching this year. Yeah hamels lee burnett. We are going back to the ws. Precious. I can pretty much gurantee that this ends with a torn rotator cuff. Biceps tendinitis usually does. Come on philly it happened with utley then howard and now hamels. Moral of this story. Do not believe your gm. He lies to you and continually insults your intelligence because you let him. Classic.

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