Phillies learn more about Hamels' injury

March 17, 2009 10:00:08 AM PDT
On St. Patrick's Day, the luck of the Irish appears to be with the Phillies.

The Phillies confirmed to Action News that tests done this morning on Hamels' sore pitching elbow revealed no structural damage.

Phillies team physcian, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, performed and MRI and ultrasound on the elbow at his Center City office. The tests showed some inflammation in the elbow.

The Phillies plan is to give Hamels an injection to ease the pain. They will have him throw some pitches in two days. Hamels said Monday that the elbow does not hurt while he pitches, but tightens up in between innings. He has suffered elbow injuries at times during the past few seasons.

The Phillies say it's too soon to say for certain that Hamels can start the April 5th season opener against Atlanta.

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