UPDATE (Tues 1:21 PM) by nichols33: Hamels’ elbow checked out ok. Word is that it is inflamation of the elbow, no structural damage. Hamels will take anti-inflammatory medicine. No time table on return, but Phillies are calling this “good news.” ESPN’s recap on the news.
Original Post: Bad news if you’ve got Cole Hamels in your keeper league or were eying him as your ace in your upcoming draft, he’s flying back to Philadelphia to have his elbow examined by the Phillies team physician.
Fantasy Baseball Advice: I noted in a previous post that I was concerned about Hamels suffering due to his exponentially larger workload last season, it looks as if this may be coming to fruition. The team is saying they don’t think it’s serious, no pain, just a little tightness in between innings, but with elbows, little problems balloon quickly. I’ve already got Hamels as my 7 overall starting pitcher, I will start to consider starters such as Beckett, Peavy, and Oswalt over Hamels if he is forced to sit out some time or something more serious develops. Keep an eye on this situation if you are considering Hamels with your 3rd or 4th round pick in the draft. No timetable has been set for his return.