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The Phillies announced that Cole Hamels had two successful surgeries Friday.
He had a hernia repaired and loose bodies removed from his left elbow.
The Phillies said Hamels should begin a throwing program in three to four weeks. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this week that Hamels will be ready for the beginning of Spring Training. Hamels went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 32 appearances this season.
The Phillies hope Ryan Howard can be back in their lineup in April.
He had surgery this morning in Baltimore to repair a completely torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. Foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson performed the surgery and also administered a PRP injection. The Phillies said the surgery was successful, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement, “It’s going to be five to six months from the surgery until he can play at his accustomed level.”
Howard tore the Achilles making the final out Friday in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
“A lot depends on how he recovers,” Amaro said. “The start of the season could be impacted, but I still hope he makes his first at-bat of the season.”
The Phillies said Howard will be immobilized one to two weeks, and could begin weight bearing and strength in about a month, but that depends on his recovery.
Phillies doctor Michael Ciccotti said a MRI today revealed two torn tendons in the groin, plus a torn lower abdominal muscle.
“Given the fact that much of what a pitcher generates velocity-wise is from their legs, and given the fact that has he injured two of those adductor tendons and also his lower abdominal muscle, it’s not the type of injury that you can really treat non-operatively to get back and pitch at the level he would want to be pitching at,” Ciccotti said. “It’s really best treated surgically.”
Ciccotti said the goal is to have Moyer ready to pitch by Spring Training. He said 90 to 95 percent of people who have this surgery return to pre-injury level. Of course, Moyer is 46, which could play a factor in his recovery, but Ciccotti sounded optimistic Moyer could recover successfully.
“Jamie has all the qualities you need to get back in terms of focus and dedication to a rehab program,” he said.
Moyer is 12-10 with a 4.94 ERA this season. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA (four earned runs in 18 2/3 innings) in five relief appearances.