Tagged: Opening Day

Elbow Optimism

After finishing my latest ballpark quest entry on Wrigley Field, I decided I’d better get off my butt and get a little exercise. Since it’s a pretty nice day here (though still all depressing and brown), I went for a walk.

I must have looked pretty conflicted – I was wearing my Phillies World Series sweatjacket over a Detroit Tigers t-shirt, topped off with a Corpus Christi Hooks cap (it’s a bad hair day).

Anyway, upon my return, I saw an update on Cole Hamels’ elbow. Up till now, I have been avoiding mentioning it in my blog, employing my best “don’t think about it and maybe it will go away” tactics.

The bottom line is that there is no structural damage. There is, however, inflammation, for which Hamels received an injection. He will also not throw for two days. Whether or not he will pitch Opening Day on April 5 is up in the air at this point.

I’d rather see him miss Opening Day but be healthy for the rest of the season. Opening Day is just one game. He will have plenty of other chances to be the Opening Day starter in his career.

Take care of that elbow, Cole!


(Hamels photo mine)