Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hamels dodges a bullet

Sleep easy, Cole Hamels owners: The Phillies ace has no structural damage in his pitching elbow, only inflammation.

That's really the best news you could have hoped for after Hamels reported feeling stiffness and tightness. He's not out of the woods yet - the Phils will obviously take it slow with their 25-year-old World Series MVP, and there's some talk of him not being ready on Opening Day. But that's not going to scare me away at this point ... he's dealt with injuries before and is still clearly a top-10 fantasy starter. In fact, I currently have him ranked fifth, just a tick ahead of Roy Halladay. That might be a little controversial - Halladay's as steady as they come - but I believe the sky's the limit for a healthy Hamels, and he could finish the year as fantasy's No. 1 starter.
Photo by The Associated Press

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