Hamels on DL with left shoulder strain

Hamels on DL with left shoulder strain

NEW YORK -- Nothing is broken or torn and structually, everything is intact.

Still, a strained left shoulder brought Cole Hamels to a familiar place on Wednesday, when the Phillies placed their left-handed prodigy on the 15-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to May 19, and he can be activated on June 3.

Right-handed reliever Clay Condrey returns for his second tour, taking Hamels' spot on the staff. Ryan Madson, who threw seven innings in relief on Tuesday against the Mets, will assume Hamels' spot in the rotation.

Hamels, the pitching phenom with a history of injuries was scratched from Wednesday's start against the Mets after experiencing a "pop" sensation while playing catch in the outfield on Tuesday.

He returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday morning and was examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

"It was better than we initially thought," general manager Pat Gillick said. "It could've been more severe. Hopefully, it's no more than a strain."

Hopefully?

"I think it's a strain," Gillick said. "We're just going to wait and see how he feels over the next few days."

Hamels appeared calm, yet concerned on Tuesday, when discussing his injury.

"It's frustrating, especially when you're training so hard to prevent these things from happening," he said. "You don't want to let people down, especially with what I've had to go through. I just want to make sure that the team is aware and they can do something."

If Hamels responds to treatment, the team hopes he can make a rehab start on May 30 or 31, and could return on the road trip through Los Angeles and Arizona.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.