Cole Hamels has been placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive to August 13, meaning Hamels can come off the DL this Sunday, August 28. The Phillies have said that he will start on Monday against the Reds. Hamels threw a bullpen session last Saturday and reportedly felt good, according to Rich Dubee. He was scheduled to start this Friday against the Marlins. Hamels, a Cy Young contender for most of this season, is 13-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 25 starts.
The corresponding move is the recall of infielder Pete Orr from Triple-A. Orr has appeared in 29 games for the Phillies this season, batting .238 with three RBIs. He has a .271 batting average with five homers and 25 RBIs in 68 games for the IronPigs. Todd Zolecki speculates that Orr's recall is actually the motivation for the move, which gives the team an extra infielder with the injuries starting to mount.
Hamels is the first of the Phillies' big three starters to land on the DL in 2011. Other Phillies that have spent time on the injured list: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, Domonic Brown, Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider, Roy Oswalt, Joe Blanton, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero.
In other news, Raul Ibanez is day-to-day with a groin injury, according to Jim Salisbury.