hamstring strains, cole hamels

Hamels, Altuve both out with hamstring strains

Cole Hamels will miss next start due to hamstring strain

Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty ace and subject of much trade talk, Cole Hamels, will miss his next start on Friday due to a strained hamstring. 

This is yet another blow to the Phillies who are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Hamels has been spectacular all year. He’s leading the league in innings pitched with 94.1. Over his 94.1 innings Hamels has collected 103 strikeouts and walked just 31 batters. 

Cole Hamels, hamstring strains
Cole Hamels. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

Hamels is basically the only bright spot for the Phillies except for closer Jonathan Papelbon and the two might be the only trade chips the Phillies will have to work with in the next month and a half before the July 31 trade deadline. 

If Hamels injury turns out to be more serious that the Phillies believe it to be, it could really hinder the Phillies in their pursuit of prospects to help rebuild their aging ball club. 

Although the team’s general manager Rubin Amaro Jr. has practically ruined the Phillies chances of rebuilding all on his own. With his head in the clouds his asking prices for players like Hamels and Papelbon have been extraordinarily high. 

Last season he asked the Red Sox for not just Mookie Betts but also Blake Swihart, two of Boston’s top prospects who now are playing in the Majors,  in exchange for Hamels.

The Red Sox basically laughed him out of the building or off the phone, I don’t know how it actually went down of course but he needs to lower his expectations if he ever wants to rescue his floundering ball club. Honestly, I have no clue how in the world the guy still has a job! 

Phillippe Aumont, who has been a reliever for all 45 of his career appearances , will make the start in Hamels’ absence.

Hamels was fine in his last start going seven innings while striking out 12. He didn’t get the win (just a no-decision) due to lack of run support. How he injured his hamstring is still a mystery.

Jose Altuve is also day-to-day with a strained hamstring

Jose Altuve first injured his hamstring about a week ago when the Houston Astros beat up the Seattle Mariners’ King Felix for eight runs in the first inning. On Altuve’s second trip to the plate, still in the first inning, he grounded out and by the time he was at first he was already limping and was removed from the game.

Jose Altuve, hamstring strains
Jose Altuve. USA TODAY Sports

From there Altuve was labeled day-to-day and was held out of the games from Saturday until he returned on Tuesday. On Wednesday he exited the game early because of the hamstring and sat out on Thursday.

 Despite being out of the lineup both Altuve and manager A.J. Hinch say that a trip to the disabled list is not in the near future. 

As Hinch put it and he is right,

“We can’t afford to mess around with Jose.”

The Astros may be in first place in the AL West but they will need Altuve if they want to stay there even though they do have quite a few other good hitters. Regardless, they really just can’t mess around with Altuve’s health.

While I appreciate their caution regarding the 5’4″ second baseman, one can’t help but wonder if there is something more to Altuve’s hamstring issue. Hamstring strains can be tricky and hard to comeback from. For the Astros’ sake, hopefully the injury is not more serious than they are letting on.

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