Cole Hamels Flying Back to Philly with Elbow Soreness

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMarch 16, 2009

This was the one thing Philadelphia Phillies fans didn't want to hear. Their ace, their stud number one pitcher, Cole Hamels has left the club in Clearwater to come back to Philadelphia to get his left elbow looked at by team doctors.

Hamels told Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. that he was feeling some soreness in his pitching arm and wanted to go back to Philly to just make sure everything is OK.

If there is one thing to tell the fans that will make you feel any better is that, before the Phillies signed Hamels to his three-year contract, the team put their ace through an MRI, and everything came out clean.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. commented on Hamels status.

"We do not think it is serious, at least at this time" Amaro said. "We thought it was important for Dr. Ciccotti to check him out and see if there is anything more serious than what we think it is. He'll decide once he sees him tomorrow morning if he needs to do any testing or any further testing.

"We did do a physical on him before we ended up finalizing the multiyear deal with him and felt comfortable with the diagnostics and such. But he's had a little persistent soreness and we want to be cautious about it and have him checked out."

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