Phillies’ Cole Hamels expected to bounce back quickly from hamstring injury

Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels may have faked his own trade with a prank, but he didn’t fake a recent injury he sustained that will prevent him from pitching in a scheduled start on Friday.

Manager Ryne Sandberg revealed after the Phillies’ 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, which snapped their nine-game losing streak, that Hamels’ hamstring strain occurred in a workout after a bullpen session he threw earlier in the week.

"It really didn’t appear until the very next day," Sandberg said of the injury.

While the southpaw will miss his start on Friday, Sandberg doesn’t expect him to miss much more than that, as Hamels has reassured him that the injury is minor.

"He didn’t feel like it was a long-term thing," Sandberg said. "The fact that it showed up 24 hours later … and he said [it was] somewhat minimal."

In 14 starts this season, Hamels has compiled a 2.96 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings pitched. The 31-year-old lefty produced a gem in his most recent outing, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out 12 batters.

(h/t MLB.com)