Hamels Struggles, Pitching Staff Reaches 12
Cole Hamels did not have a good day today in a 9-7 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field, but there is no reason to panic. He had a bad day, although Hamels seemed OK with the way he pitched.
“I was a lot happier because I felt like I had more energy going into the fourth inning,” he said. “Just every inning in general. I felt like I had a good rhythm. I felt comfortable from the stretch and the wind up, so that’s definitely coming.
“Now is the time I really want to get the fastball going, try to hit my spots. I feel like I was doing a pretty good job up until the fourth inning when I was cutting it off unintentionally and I wasn’t releasing the ball where I wanted to.”
The Phillies optioned Mike Zagurski to Minor League camp, which leaves the team with 12 healthy pitchers: Roy Halladay, Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Jamie Moyer, Ryan Madson, Danys Baez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo.
Unless the Phillies make a trade, sign a free agent or Brad Lidge or J.C. Romero miraculously speed up their recovery from offseason elbow surgeries, these are the Phillies’ 12 pitchers on Opening Day.