Cole Hamels suffered his second freak injury in as many starts
by rolling his left ankle. Team doctors declared the X-Rays negative, and Hamels says he doesn't expect to miss his next
start. The Phils won 7-1.
PHILADELPHIA -- Early homers by Chase Utley, who went deep twice, and Pedro Feliz provided an early cushion for Hamels to go to work on Washington. Looking like the Hamels of old, his quest for his first win was cut short midway through the fifth when the lanky lefty rolled his left ankle fielding a bunt. Hamels, who pitched 43 1-3 innings last April alone, finishes an injury-riddled April having pitched a mere 17 1-3, tacking on 4 1-3 shutout innings in an otherwise comfortable night for the Phils, winners of five straight. As for Hamels, he's just happy the Phillies won, and doesn't consider the injury to be serious.
"It's not severe; I'm not planning on missing a start," he said, pointing out that he has six days until his next scheduled turn. With an off day Thursday, he expects to be sore tomorrow and will take a wait-and-see approach to Friday's scheduled bullpen session.
While Utley and Raul Ibanez, who continued his torrid April by adding his seventh home run of the season, kept the Nationals at a comfortable distance offensively, reliever Chad Durbin, asked to replace Hamels on a moment's notice, spared a depleted 'pen with 3 2-3 innings of relief, allowing a second-deck shot by Adam Dunn and little more. Everyday Clay Condrey worked the ninth for his 12th appearance of the season.
With the win, the Phillies clinched their second-consecutive winning April and kept pace with the Marlins, who still hold a half-game lead in the East.