Hamels Hopes to Start Tuesday
Cole Hamels has every intention of pitching Tuesday in Florida.
But that is far from a sure thing.
Hamels had his visibly swollen and bruised right hand bandaged this morning at Rogers Centre, where the Phillies opened a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a line drive off the heel of Hamels’ hand yesterday at Citizens Bank Park. He eventually left the game. X-rays were negative.
Hamels is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday.
“I want to pitch as much as I possibly can,” Hamels said. “I think it all depends on just being able to throw a bullpen and just being able to get out there. From what the trainer said it’s not as swollen as they assumed it would be. I’ll just try to keep the swelling down as much as possible. … It bruised up right away. It bruised all the way to the other side.”
Hamels said while he might want to pitch, the Phillies will ultimately make the decision.
“They know. They’ve seen this before,” he said. “But I’m not the type of guy that will ever shy away from wanting to play.”