It’s fitting that Phillies starter Cole Hamels would achieve a career milestone against the team against which he debuted way back in 2006. On Saturday night, Hamels picked up career victory number 100, holding the Reds to one run over seven innings on three hits and two walks while striking out ten. He also turned heads when he struck out the side in the third inning on nine pitches.
It was Hamels’ seventh attempt at the feat, having earned three losses and three no-decisions dating back to September 20 last season. He joins Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Pete Alexander, Chris Short, Curt Simmons, and Curt Schilling as the seven Phillies to have picked up triple digit victories in their careers, dating back to 1901.
Hamels has had a rough go of it since returning on April 23 after battling tendonitis in his left shoulder. Saturday’s outing lowers his ERA to 4.40 and he has a 34/12 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.
Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.
Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.
Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.
It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.