The Phillies have announced that Cole Hamels will miss Wednesday's start with a mild left elbow strain and could possibly be sidelined three weeks. The list of injured Phillies is now too many to count.
A preliminary exam revealed a mild medial elbow strain. An MRI will be administered tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury. J.D. Durbin will start for Hamels tomorrow night against the Dodgers. Team doctor Michael Ciccotti said he could miss anywhere from one to three weeks. Hamels said he started feeling discomfort eight days ago, but was able to pitch through the pain Thursday in Washington.
Beerleaguer: On a scale of 1 to 10, my level of surprise falls around 4. Hamels is on pace to surpass his season high for innings and is at an age when many young pitchers are still being weaned in the minors. I cautioned readers about this Thursday and apologize for the jinx. Hope a pray the MRI reveals nothing significant.
With Hamels out, the most important pitcher becomes Brett Myers, as we saw tonight. The Phillies hope to receive quality innings from their starters, a la Kyle Kendrick this evening, and bridge the gap to their closer. If they can win tomorrow's Derek Lowe vs. Durbin, it would be a huge boost.
The best way to minimize the loss of Hamels is to win all the other ones, to dial up the pitching and bludgeon opponents into submission with their bats. They also need to execute. The best play of the night: Kendrick’s third-inning bunt to move Carlos Ruiz to third, setting up a sac fly to close the gap to one run.