PHILADELPHIA -- It's an understatement to say that Cole Hamels year didn't start off the way he had hoped.
The veteran Phillies left-handed starter missed the opening month of the season after his normal Spring Training routine was put on hold due to left biceps tendinitis. His return to the rotation April 23 gave the Phillies a much-needed boost and the club won four times in his first six starts.
While the Phils have lost seven times in his last eight starts, that is no indication of how well he has pitched as he remains in the bottom 50 of pitchers in terms of run support. Hamels, a three-time All-Star with the last appearance coming in 2012, is 2-4 with a respectable 2.84 ERA this year.
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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.