Amaro exercising caution in talking about Hamels’ status

X-rays on Phillies starter Cole Hamels' right hand were negative. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies announced that Cole Hamels is expected to make his next start after suffering a right hand contusion in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox.

And while the organization expects him to take the ball, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is exhibiting caution.

After the game Amaro was saying things like, “Hopefully he will pitch in five days but it is not a slam dunk.”

Hamels declined to talk to the media, but a comment Amaro said makes one realize why the general manager doesn’t consider it a slam dunk that Hamels will take the ball Tuesday in Florida.

“He is sore and his ability to hold his glove and squeeze a bat is pretty well compromised,” Amaro said.

Maybe it’s because the Phillies have had so many injuries that Amaro doesn’t want to take anything for granted. That is why the cautious route at this time is the best one to take.

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X-rays on Hamels' hand were negative.

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