Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow.
The Phillies announced that Hamels should be ready to begin a throwing a program in approximately 3-4 weeks, so he is fully expected to be ready for spring training.
Hamels, who turns 28 in December, went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 194/44 K/BB ratio in 216 innings over 31 starts this season. He earned $9.5 million in 2011 in the final year of a three-year, $20.5 million contract and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.