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Now Is It Over?

Posted By Bill Baer On August 21, 2007 @ 11:24 pm In MLB,Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

Cole HamelsThe Phillies have been run through the gauntlet and lived to tell about it. Injury after injury, and bad luck that would make a professional poker player weep (somewhere, Phil Hellmuth is weeping).

It wasn’t enough for the baseball gods to take our most valuable position player from us. They had to take our most valuable pitcher away from us now, as well.

Yes, Cole Hamels is the latest Phillies casualty, succumbing to a mild left elbow strain. According to the Phillies’ website, “A worst-case scenario has the young hurler missing up to three weeks.”

Without Hamels, the starting rotation includes a 44-year-old who passed his prime during the Clinton administration (Jamie Moyer), a right-hander with two months of Major League experience and an extremely low strikeout rate (Kyle Kendrick), the dictionary definition of average (Kyle Lohse), a right-hander that was passed over by three other teams before he was picked out of the dumpster by the Phillies (J.D. Durbin), and now, a question mark (?) should the Phillies feel the need to move along with a five-man rotation.

According to Michael Radano,

Hamels will miss at least two starts because he’s getting an MRI on his mild strained left medial elbow. According to Hamels its at least that long due to the dye that will be injected and he won’t be able to picth. Retro to Aug 17 means he can’t come off the DL until Sept. 2. [SIC]

And, as much as ColeHamelsFacts declares otherwise, Cole cannot pitch equally as effective with his right hand.

At this point, they may as well give some of the Minor League talent a try.

  • J.A. Happ: Has pitched at least six innings in his last five starts, and has allowed no more than three runs in those starts (including two consecutive shutout appearances of six and two-thirds and seven innings).
  • Carlos Carrasco: Threw a six-inning no-hitter on Tuesday. He’s had a few shaky outings recently, but he’s the best pitcher in the Phillies’ Minor League system and it might benefit both parties to give him some Major League experience.
  • Zack Segovia: He’s pitched well for the most part since the beginning of July. He’s pitched at least six innings in six of his last eight outings, averaging an allowance of three runs in each one.
  • Josh Outman: Pitched eight shutout innings on Monday, allowing only four hits, but he did walk five. Prior to that start, he had only pitched past the fifth inning once in his previous four starts, and seems to struggle with control. Nevertheless, he is a left-hander, and left-handers can always find a job at the Major League level.

Other than that, the Phillies really don’t have many options available.

  • They could trade for garbage by scrounging the waiver wires, but it wouldn’t be worth it.
  • Brett Myers won’t be moved back into the rotation.
  • It’s unlikely they will mimic last season’s desperation when they made lifetime relief pitcher Aaron Fultz make a spot start against the Blue Jays.
  • Freddy Garcia still needs three or four rehab starts, according to Rotoworld.

It’s just one more unfortunate situation the Phillies find themselves in, and it couldn’t have happened to a more important player on the Phillies’ roster. They will have to once again walk through the muck and try to survive these next two weeks and hope that the return of Chase Utley and Shane Victorino are adequate reinforcements.


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