Bad news out of Clearwater, Florida today: Cole Hamels is scheduled to leave training camp this afternoon and fly home to have his left elbow examined by team physicians.
The Philadelphia Phillies star lefty and 2008 World Series MVP has experienced what the team is calling "persistent soreness in his elbow," but claim it's nothing to worry too much about.
Hamels, 25, went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts last October, making his first Grapefruit League start this past Wednesday. He pitched in an intra-squad game Sunday without reporting any pain or discomfort over the four innings of work. He describes the problem as a feeling of tightness in his elbow between innings and after he’s done pitching for the day.
Hamels actually avoided the disabled list for the first time in his 8-year career last season, so hopefully for Philly, it really is nothing.
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