Boy, there really is something supernatural about the bad luck that’s befallen Cole Hamels early this season.
After looking good in his last start against Milwaukee, Hamels had to leave after being drilled in the shoulder by a Prince Fielder comebacker.
Tuesday, it was another fielding incident that hurt Hamels, and this one may have a bigger impact.
Hamels sprained his left ankle – which, thankfully, is not his plant foot – fielding a bunt in the fifth inning. It’s unclear how badly it was sprained, but it’s very clear just how bad Hamels’s luck is right about now. Cole had looked very good for the second straight outing up until his departure.
Here’s hoping it’s minor enough to only have Cole miss one start, if anything.
On the other side of things, I like homers. So do Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, apparently.
Through 18 games
Raul Ibanez (2009): .342/.402/.685, 6 HR, 8 BB, 9 K in 73 AB
Pat Burrell (2008): .339/.459/.712, 6 HR, 14 BB, 16 K in 59 AB
Of course, we all remember Burrell’s precipitous drop-off in the coming months. Hopefully Raul will be spared the same fate.
UPDATE: According to Cole himself, via David Murphy, the ace is hopeful about making his next start. Encouraging news.