Cole Hamels getting rocked in his first start this season should have come as a surprise to no one.
The scare with his elbow set him back a great deal, and even if it isn’t hurting anymore, Hamels missed some valuable spring training time. Now, it appears as though these first couple starts in the regular season will have to take the place of those missed ST starts, after all.
This, needless to say, is unfortunate, and this probably will not be the last time this month that Hamels gets hit around. He touched 90 just once today.
Garrett Atkins homered in victory for the Rockies. Atkins, you recall, was involved in some short-lived trade rumors with the Phillies a while ago.
Additionally, Carlos Ruiz is now listed as day-to-day with a right oblique strain. The cause is a mystery, much like how Ruiz is really still the starting catcher on this team. (UPDATE: Lou Marson was pulled from the starting lineup for Lehigh Valley’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just minutes before the first pitch. Is a call-up coming?)
On the plus side, Jayson Werth had an excellent game, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a ninth inning, solo home run. You’ll recall that I’ve been touting Werth for a big year all along, and I’ll single him out today just to help prove my case and make me feel as well as I can about this pick for the time being.
Anyway, the Phillies now sit at 1-3, trudging through the molasses of April yet again.
Brett Myers (0-1, 6.00) faces off against Jorge De La Rosa (NR) tomorrow night in Colorado at 8:10 p.m. eastern.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that my thoughts and condolences go out to the family and temmates of Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a car crash just hours after pitching earlier this week.