- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels was forced out of his start against the Boston Red Sox after he was struck by a line drive on his glove hand.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a liner at Hamels in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game. The ball appeared to hit Hamels in the palm of his hand. His mitt fell off, but Hamels recovered to throw out Gonzalez at first.

The Phillies said X-rays were negative and Hamels will make his next start.

Hamels grimaced as he looked at the sky and shook his hand several times. He threw a few warmup pitches and stayed in the game.

Reliever David Herndon got loose in the bottom half of the inning and came in to start the fifth of a scoreless game.

Hamels entered with a 9-4 record. He gave up two hits, struck out two, walked none and now has a 2.41 ERA.


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