This morning Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled Friday start with a hamstring strain and this afternoon when the media entered the Phillies’ clubhouse they noticed that his nameplate and various belongings were gone from his locker.
That series of events–plus months of Hamels trade rumors–led to speculation that a trade may have happened, but instead it was just a joke by … well, no one is sure yet.
Cole Hamels was NOT traded, per team spokesman. Whoever removed his name plate & stuff did so as a joke.
— Rob Maaddi Sports (@AP_RobMaaddi) June 18, 2015
I hope it turns out general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did it.