Cole Hamels Departs Game After Throwing a Warm-Up Pitch (UPDATE: Left Oblique, Will Hit IL)

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Cole Hamels Departs Game After Throwing a Warm-Up Pitch (UPDATE: Left Oblique, Will Hit IL)

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The headline kinda says it all as far as your level of panic goes. When a veteran starting pitcher throws a warm-up pitch and then immediately leaves the game, it ain’t good.

We’ll let you know when there’s more to know, but you can already start hoping it’s, like, a two-week injury as opposed to a season-ending injury. Might as well start the hope early, right?

As for the game, Mike Montgomery took over, and the first pitch he threw resulted in a homer, so that part is also not good.

UPDATE: A side issue:

Well, it’s information. For what it’s worth, Hamels had an oblique injury in 2017 that not only cost him two months, it also set his mechanics out of whack, and he didn’t recover until just before the trade the Cubs in 2018. For what it’s worth, it was his right oblique that time, though I suppose he would be in a position to know immediately if it was a serious issue. Flip side, he’s a veteran who would also rightly err on the side of caution.

UPDATE: He’s immediately heading to the Injured List with an oblique strain, and that ain’t good news:



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