Cole Hamels (0-1, 17.18) faces his hometown San Diego Padres when the Phillies open a seven-game homestand tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Harry Kalas will be honored prior to tonight's game.
Summary: Hamels ranks right at the top of the list in terms of early season concerns. After missing significant time nursing a sore elbow in spring training, Hamels was shelled for seven runs on 11 hits over just 3 2-3 innings of work in his first outing against Colorado. The ace left-hander told reporters that he felt no discomfort in the elbow, suggesting the problem had to do with readiness. Hamels is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA in five career starts versus the Padres. Tonight, he’s opposed by tough right-hander Chris Young (2-0, 1.38), one of the main contributors to a Padres team that’s 7-3 out of the gates. Young was limited to just 18 starts last year due to injury. He has been tough on the Phillies, going 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three lifetime starts against them.
Minor transaction update: Catcher Orlando Guevara was called up from extended spring training to replace Lou Marson on the IronPigs roster. Pitcher John Ennis will miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery. Jason Anderson replaces him on the roster. Pitcher Scott Nester, who walked 9 batters in an inning his first appearances of the season, was placed on the DL with turf toe. Steve Green replaces him on the roster. Outfielder Jeremy Slayden was activated from the disabled list. (Courtesy of Gregg Shore)