UPDATE (3/17, (9:00 P.M.): The folks at ESPN cite Rich Dubee as believing Hamels to be a “long shot” to start Opening Day. Hopefully, it should only be that one start he misses.
UPDATE (3/17, 4:26 P.M.): No structural damage was found in Hamels’s elbow, just inflammation. David Murphy is still dubious as to Hamels’s availability for Opening Day, but Hamels will resume light throwing later this week
Todd Zolecki has a new post up over at his shiny new blog that Cole Hamels will be flying back to Philadelphia today to have his pitching elbow examined Tuesday.
You’re allowed to be a little concerned, but don’t go into a tizzy. Be concerned that the typical soreness from the start of workouts hasn’t left, but be reassured that Hamels thinks he’s fine, for whatever that’s worth.
And hey, if you want to go to the last layer of silver lining, at least they’re discovering it now and now in August or September.
That said, Cole Hamels is the single most necessary component of this team, and losing him for an extended period of time would be borderline disastrous. But, if it means preserving his career by shutting him down, so be it. I care more about that than repeating as champion.