"It was feeling good when I was letting it go and I wasn't feeling any pinch," Hamels
said. "The first couple I tried to let go, just so I could see if [discomfort] was still there, and
I didn't feel anything. Now I know I can go out there and contribute."
Hamels said he was impressed with his location, crisp despite the layoff, and said he
hopes to throw 50 pitches on Saturday, then 55-70 in Tuesday's game and ramp up to 100 by his
third and final start of the regular season.
But St. Louis is first.
"That's my goal," Hamels said. "Hopefully, that'll get everybody excited on the team,
because I know I will be. I know these guys want me to pitch because I've had a tremendous season
so far. We're getting down to the nitty-gritty time and you want to go out and pitch like you have
I'm fine. No, you're not:
Shane Victorino felt another grab in his right calf, and found
himself on the bench Wednesday.
The speedy outfielder pinch-hit in the ninth inning and felt something when grounding out, and said
after the game that he was ready for action.
"I feel like I'm good to go," Victorino said. "It's just going to be this way for the rest of the year."
As he's done since Victorino returned, manager Charlie Manuel is being extra careful, in an attempt
to keep his sparkplug as healthy as possible.
"He's not playing because he felt something when he hit the ball [Tuesday] night," Manuel said.
"He keeps going back and forth. Every time he gets in a game, he grabs his calf. It's not that I
don't want to play him. When I see a guy grab his leg and hobbling around, I think he's hurt."
Jamie Moyer was honored before Wednesday's game, and received two awards
for his continuing commitment to community service.
The veteran lefty won the seventh Annual Phillies Community Service Award and is the
team's nominee for Major League Baseball's annual Roberto Clemente Award.
Moyer, who won the Clemente Award in 2003, while with the Mariners, has worked tirelessly
with "Camp Erin," a bereavement camp he and his wife Karen started in 2000. The camp provides
comfort and assistance to children ages 6-17 who have lost a loved one.
On Aug. 6, the Moyers raised nearly $250,000 when they hosted a "Celebrity Waiters" event
for Camp Erin. Several of Moyer's teammates and Phillies executives participated. Moyer also
teamed with Citizens Bank and Philabundance this season for their "Carve Out Hunger" program, and
greeted fans donating food at the gates prior to two Phillies games.
J.D. Durbin, who is scheduled to face left-hander Jeff Francis in the series finale, was
hurt by two second-inning errors against the Marlins on Friday, yielding three unearned runs.
Still, the righty has an 18.69 ERA in September and hasn't reached the fifth inning in either of
his two starts this month. Durbin will face Rockies ace Jeff Francis at 7:05 p.m. ET in the series finale.