Hamels, Polanco injury updates

The Phillies got some interesting news about their starting pitcher Cole Hamels and third baseman Placido Polanco.

Hamels had an MRI yesterday and was diagnosed with inflammation in his left shoulder. No DL will be necessary for now. The inflammation is considered mild and there is no structural damage, which is why a DL stint isn’t likely.

Ruben Amaro did say that the Phillies will skip Hamels’ next start, which is scheduled for this weekend against Washington. If he’s fine, Hamels will be okay to pitch his next start, which would be next Tuesday against New York.

As for Polanco, the Phillies will decide in the next 24 hours what they are going to do with him. Polanco worked out today and said his sports hernia feels a lot better.

Polanco said he is willing to go on the DL but won’t get surgery until after the season. Amaro said that if Polanco opts for surgery, his season will be done.

The news for either player isn’t as bad as it sounds. Hamels’ injury is pretty much not serious and Polanco is looking to rest so he can play in October.

DRAFT PICKS SIGNED — In other news, the Phillies signed their top two draft picks. “Phillies announce they signed Larry Greene and Roman Quinn, their 1st and 2nd round picks. Signed 30 of 50 overall and 9 of top 10 picks,” Tweeted Todd Zolecki.

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