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Phillies Notes: Hamels might miss next start Tuesday

Phillies Notes: Hamels might miss next start Tuesday
Cole Hamels appeared to recover his ace-quality repertoire before spraining his left ankle Tuesday. Now, the lefthander might miss his next start.

Hamels, 25, threw a scheduled bullpen session yesterday. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was generally "encouraged," but did not know if Hamels would be able to pitch in St. Louis on Tuesday. The pitcher suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle while attempting to field a bunt against Washington on Tuesday night; at the time, he had thrown 41/3 scoreless innings.

"He felt some soreness on a couple of pitches when he dragged his foot [on the follow-through]. It's very possible that he would not make his next start," Amaro said, adding that if Hamels is not ready, lefty J.A. Happ or a minor-leaguer could start.

Though the team does not anticipate placing Hamels on the disabled list, Amaro would not rule out the option.

"It's possible," he said. "If he doesn't progress well over the next few days, that's something that we'll have to consider."

The GM anticipated that Brett Myers would start tomorrow, and Hamels could be ready to pitch effectively Tuesday - but because of the ankle, he might not be fully able to field his position. The pitcher will not throw another bullpen session, but will jog today and might turn to acupuncture in an effort to alleviate swelling.

Park in the rotation, for now The day after Chan Ho Park allowed seven runs and walked six in 42/3 innings in a loss to the Mets, the Phillies remained noncommittal about the status of their fifth starter. With Happ pitching well from the bullpen and Kyle Kendrick and Carlos Carrasco generally effective in triple A, the Phillies have options other than Park.

"More than likely, he's going to make his next start," said manager Charlie Manuel , while noting that the pitcher lacks the aggressiveness he displayed while winning the job in March. "He was more aggressive in spring training, and he went after guys. He was more aggressive with his slider and more aggressive with his change-up. All of a sudden he's pitching with different arm angles."

Said Amaro, "We'll see. We haven't made any decisions. . . . Right now he'll be starting in his spot."

Utley has most of the day off Phils second baseman Chase Utley got most of the day off. He pinch hit in the eighth inning and flied out.

Manuel said Utley had some pain after being hit in the foot by a pitch Friday night, but he just decided to give Utley the day off.

Marson returns to minors Happ and Lou Marson were roommates in 2004, the first season for both in the Phillies organization. After watching the catcher during his major- league stint this season, the pitcher was impressed by Marson's progress.

"He's grown up a lot," Happ said. "From then to now is unbelievable. He's learned to be more confident in just being himself."

Marson, 22, was sent to triple-A Lehigh Valley yesterday when the team activated Carlos Ruiz (strained right rib-cage muscle) from the disabled list. The catching prospect was mostly satisfied with his time in Philadelphia, but said he was still striving to develop the confidence for which Happ praised him.

"They want me to take charge more," Marson said of manager Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee . "Once you get to know [the pitchers] more, it's easier to do that. That's not my type of personality. Over time, I'll be able to do that, but right away . . . it's tough."

Marson batted .235 in 17 at-bats with the Phillies . Though Chris Coste is hitting .182, the team felt that Marson needed regular playing time in triple A, rather than being Ruiz's backup.

Lidge returns Brad Lidge (inflammation in his right knee) made his first appearance since April 25 yesterday. He walked two, one intentionally, and allowed no hits in a scoreless ninth. "I was pain-free," he said. "I had some real solid mechanics there."

Streak to 12 Shane Victorino 's first-inning triple extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

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