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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-04

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-04
Cole Hamels' sprained left ankle will have two more days to heal.

Hamels, who wasn't guaranteed to make his next start for the Phillies on Tuesday night in St. Louis, won't have to pitch until Friday night thanks to Mother Nature. The Phillies' series finale against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park was rained out Sunday, allowing the team to juggle its starting rotation and give its ace left-hander additional rest.

According to pitching coach Rich Dubee, right-handers Joe Blanton and Brett Myers will now start games in St. Louis, and when the Phillies go to New York for a two-game series Wednesday and Thursday, they'll give the ball to right-hander Chan Ho Park and lefty Jamie Moyer. Hamels won't be needed until Friday night, the series-opener against the Atlanta Braves.

"We're still not sure (he'll be ready by Friday), but this gives us an opportunity to push him back," Dubee said. "Hopefully, it helps greatly."

Hamels threw well during a bullpen session Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But the Phillies had some concern about his ability to field his position and weren't ready to commit to starting him Tuesday night. He's scheduled to do fielding drills Monday in St. Louis, and he will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

"I've been fine walking," Hamels said. "It's not too bad. I'm only a couple days away."

Hamels has suffered freak injuries in each of his last two starts. He left an April 23 start in the fourth inning after Prince Fielder's line drive struck him in the left shoulder. Last Tuesday, he sprained his ankle while fielding a bunt in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals.

"He could probably pitch if he just stood on the mound and didn't do anything but pitch, but that's not how it works," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We have to make sure he can do some other things, whether it's coming off the mound, fielding. Those are things we're pretty concerned about. We don't want to put him in a position to re-injure it."

If Hamels is unable to pitch Friday night, lefty reliever J.A. Happ likely will make the start.

METS, PHILLIES (PPD, rain): Sunday's game was rained out. No make-up date was announced.

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