Phillies ace Cole Hamels had to be scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against the visiting Cardinals because of hamstring discomfort, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the left-hander made it through a bullpen session Sunday morning without issue and is on track to return to the rotation Wednesday against the Yankees.
Phillippe Aumont took the mound in Hamels’ place on Friday versus St. Louis and got shelled for six earned runs on seven walks and five hits. He was designated for assignment the next day.
Hamels, one of the biggest names on this summer’s trade block, boasts a 2.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 103 strikeouts through 94 1/3 innings.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”