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Dr. Mike: Cole Hamels Shoulder Concerns


One day he had a dead arm. The next he was getting a precautionary MRI.

And now Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has left shoulder inflammation and will miss at least his next start.

Is this a minor bump in the road, or should we be concerned? There's no structural damage on the MRI, according to the Phillies.

University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Mike Cirigliano joined "Good Day" on Wednesday morning to give his take on Hamels' status.

Is he concerned? "I'm a hockey guy, and I'm always amazed at how the body withstands this kind of punishment. And you just do that over and over again. You're going to get inflammation, a little bit of fluid, some swelling. No big deal. They're going to rest it, and they have the best, best physical therapists around," the doctor said.

To suggestions that Hamels' shoulder should perhaps be rested for a few weeks rather than one start, Dr. Mike said, "I think with really good care it might be shorter than that."

Dr. Mike also discussed and showed video from his F-16 flight during a Tuesday preview for the "Thunder Over the Boardwalk" air show in Atlantic City taking place Wednesday.

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