Click on the above picture to view the full sequence of Hamels pitching to Prince Fielder and being hit by Fielder’s line drive
As everyone must now know, Phillies ace lefthander Cole Hamels was struck in the back of his left shoulder on a line drive by Prince Fielder in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers. What follows are updates from 3 sources as to Hamels’ status. There has been no press release by the Phillies club yet as to Hamels’ shoulder as the Phils head for Florida for 3 games with the Marlins beginning today (Friday).
The updated AP recap of Thursday’s game for Yahoo sports reports:
The World Series MVP was forced to leave after getting hit in the left shoulder by Prince Fielder’s line drive. The team said Hamels had a bruise.
“I have a temporary tattoo of a baseball that will be going away,” Hamels said. “I’ll be fine. I’ve been hit in much worse spots, spots where you really don’t come back as fast. I’ll be able to go out there and pitch in five days.”
…While Hamels is confident he will be back on the mound, it remains to be seen how the shoulder reacts when he throws his bullpen session this weekend in Florida.
Inquirer Staff Writer Jim Salisbury provides more detail:
“It seemed like the ball came off the bat at about 1,000 m.p.h.,” said first baseman Ryan Howard. “I heard it hit him. It was a scary moment.”
The ball hit muscle on the back of Hamels’ shoulder and rolled to Howard at first base. Fielder, one of the game’s top sluggers (84 homers the last two seasons) legged it out for a single. Hamels was fortunate it didn’t hit his elbow, or worse, his head. He actually wanted to stay in the game, but manager Charlie Manuel didn’t want to take any chances.
“I understood that,” Hamels said.
Hamels was treated with ice. He said he expects to make his next start Tuesday against Washington at home.
“I’ll be fine,” Hamels said. “I have a lot of fragile parts, so I’m fortunate it didn’t hit me in a danger area. I just have a temporary tattoo of a baseball on the back of my shoulder.”
So, as things seem to stand at present, we may only get a clearer picture of Hamels’ status when reviews of his bullpen sessions over the weekend are made known.