One day after Cole Hamels was struck in his pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of Prince Fielder, the reports from the Phillies were entirely positive. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said through a team spokesman that Hamels was examined by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and showed no effects from yesterday's incident, which occured in the fourth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel said they expected Hamels to make his start Tuesday against the Nationals.
"I thought he might be a little sore this morning," Manuel said. "I thought he might be a little stiff, but he said he felt fine. He felt good."
Hamels declined to comment. He is scheduled to throw a side session tomorrow.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee deemed the incident a "minor set-back," but said he does not think Hamels abreviated outing against the Brewers will affect his early-season development. The lefthander struggled in his first two outings but was sharp yesterday prior to the injury. Hamels struck out five of the first six batters he faced. His lone hiccup was a two-run home run to Ryan Braun that came immediately before Fielder's line drive struck him in the arm.
"He's getting closer and closer, that's for sure," Dubee said.
Carlos Ruiz will catch in the bullpen tonight at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before sliding into the IronPigs' line-up tomorrow. Ruiz is scheduled to be at Triple-A for four games. Assuming all goes well, he will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Rookie Lou Marson, who has filled in for Ruiz since he went down with a strained oblique against the Rockies April 10, is in the starting line-up tonight against the Marlins.