The struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff will get some much needed help this week when veteran lefty Cole Hamels makes his first start of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was the first to report the official news of Hamels’ return.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) April 20, 2014
Hamels has been out with a biceps injury, and is coming off a subpar season when he went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA, breaking his streak of six straight seasons with at least 10 wins.
But even a less-than Hamels has to be looked at as a blessing for a rotation sitting 26th in the league with a 4.70 overall ERA. The 30-year old has a tough road to plow.
Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg seemed optimistic about what he had seen from Hamels during his rehab starts.
“Good reports on him. Command was good. He was throwing strikes and throwing all of his pitches in the zone for strikes. That’s all good.” [Source: SI.com]
The Phillies currently sit last in the NL East at 7-10, and have lost six of their last 10 games. Only the 5-15 Arizona Diamondbacks have given up more runs (125) than the Phillies (87) in the National League.