Cole Hamels will make next start

Updated: June 30, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels left Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox after four innings after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his non-pitching hand.

Hamels was taken for X-rays, which were negative. He declined to comment after the game and did not appear in the Phillies clubhouse. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the pitcher suffered a "real good bruise" under his thumb and that his hand was bandaged. But Hamels was able to move his hands and fingers. He is day to day and is expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins in Florida.

Hamels, who caught a Marco Scutaro line drive through the box in the third inning, winced and shook his right hand in discomfort after being struck by the Gonzalez liner in the wrist area. His glove flew off, but he retrieved the ball and threw out Gonzalez at first base.

Hamels threw some warm-up tosses after a visit from Manuel, pitching coach Rich Dubee and the Phillies training staff and then retired Dustin Pedroia on a groundout to close out the fourth inning. But he gave way to reliever David Herndon in the top of the fifth.

Hamels has enjoyed an All-Star caliber season for the Phillies. He's third among National League starters with a 2.41 ERA and ranks among the top 10 in wins (nine), innings pitched (116) and strikeouts (110). His 14 quality starts this season are tied for third most in the league.

The Phillies have baseball's best record at 51-30, but their pitching staff has been hit hard by injuries. Starters Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton and relievers Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson are all currently on the disabled list.

Given the tenuous state of the Phillies' pitching staff, Manuel expressed relief that the injury wasn't worse.

"We don't need to be losing any more pitchers," he said.

Jerry Crasnick is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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