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Phillies ace Cole Hamels to have ailing left elbow examined

CLEARWATER — World Series MVP Cole Hamels left training camp Monday and flew to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti.

"He's had a little bit of a persistent soreness in his elbow. We do not believe it's serious," general manager Ruben Amaro said.

The left-hander, 25, said he feels tightness in his elbow between innings and after he's finished pitching for the day.

"It's just been that kind of mild discomfort, something I don't want to have to deal with during the season," he said.

KENDRICK STRUGGLES: RHP Kyle Kendrick, competing for the fifth starter's spot, allowed five runs, four earned, and eight hits in four innings against the Yankees and has a 12.10 ERA.

Yanks: Cano improving

TAMPA — Yankees 2B Robinson Cano had an MRI exam that found bursitis in his right shoulder, and he could play the field Friday. Cano will pinch-hit or be a DH until then.

"It feels better," Cano said. "I'll be ready in a few days."

JOBA STRONG: RHP Joba Chamberlain made his second straight strong start, allowing two hits in three innings in a 12-0 rout of the Phillies.

Jays: Ace roughed up

DUNEDIN — RHP Roy Halladay gave up three homers in a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox, allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings. His nine-inning scoreless streak ended on Jed Lowrie's RBI double in the first.

"Most of the fastballs, both sinker and cutter, I left quite a few over the middle," the ace said. "Especially, I was trying to go away and brought a lot of them back over the plate."

THE TEAMS

Phillies vs. Reds

1:05 today, Bright House

Field, Clearwater

Yankees vs. Pirates

7:15 tonight, George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa

Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets: Call toll-free 1-888-525-5297 or (727) 733-0429 or online at bluejays.com.

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets: Call (727) 467-4457 or online at phillies.com.

Yankees: 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Tickets: Call (813) 879-2244 or online at yankees.com.

Phillies ace Cole Hamels to have ailing left elbow examined 03/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 16, 2009 7:34pm]
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