The Amaro Lies: Cole Hamels Doesn’t Need an MRI on His Non-Injured Shoulder Because Doctors Twirled His Arm

Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

So thrilled to bring back our ongoing series, The Amaro Lies, for another go-around this spring.

Ruben Amaro, who, commendably, has the sort of large balls that allow him to agree to a weekly whipping on the WIP Morning Show, was grilled by Angelo Cataldi this morning, mostly about Cole Hamel’s non-injury that we should absolutely not be concerned about until he’s still out come Memorial Day.

The burning question is why Hamels hasn’t been given an MRI, a relatively simple and routine procedure. The liar explains:

“We know he’s not hurt. We know he’s just rehabbing. We know he just has to build his arm strength and his body strength.”

How can you be so sure without an MRI?

“Um, because he’s not hurt and he doesn’t have any pain. And the doctors have seen him, they’ve twirled his arm, they’ve checked with him. He’s doing fine.”

You know… the last guy to not have any pain (almost a year ago to the day!):

He retired.

Look, I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than just “twirling his arm.” But, should we really trust the doctors and trainers (probably both) who are pulling and twisting a $144 million pitcher? These are presumably the same people who couldn’t identify Chase Utley’s chronic knee injury. The same people who watched as Ryan Howard suffered multiple non-setbacks. And the same people who couldn’t diagnose Roy Halladay as BEING ON THE VERGE OF RETIREMENT (!!!).

So, they just twisted Hamels’ arm and have concluded that this is no big deal? Great!

Here’s the full interview with Amaro. Angelo gets shit on by a lot of web creatures for his over-the-top style and Wing Bowl-ish stuff. But this interview shows why he’s one of the best– asks all the right questions in a manner that disarms the subject. Really good stuff.

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29 Responses

  1. In the movie “The Firm”, one of the firm’s partners assured the smarmy security director, played by Wilford Brimley, that there was nothing to be suspicious about regarding renegade lawyer Mitch McDeere, played by Tom Cruise.

    Brimley’s character replied, sagely, “I get paid to be suspicious when there’s nothing to be suspicious about.”

    1. I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! It would be in Rube’s best interest to get details to protect the Phills’ $144 million investment. Especially given the last 3 big pieces and their injury gaffes and mishandlings. Rube AND the doctors should be gone…. They need to start taking control over these players and quit letting the players dictate with avoiding taking the tests or just going on their word. Rube is like a big ostrich, burying his head in the dirt to avoid hearing bad news…. I believe they think it’s worse than what it is, but they don’t want to let the fans down before they even get out of the chute. When they first announce Cole would be a week behind entering the season, I read that as he was going to be out at least a month. The Phils would be better served in saying that Cole would miss three months, this way if he comes back early, he’s looked at as a horse and if it’s longer, we already suspected it would be….

  2. March 19, 2012. RAJ’s quote, below, regarding Chase Utley’s knees:

    “Chase’s rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue. We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump.”

    Note that he called Chase’s situation a “rehab”, just like he called Cole’s situation today.

    Over and under on Tuesday when they announce that Cole is going to see a “specialist” as a “precaution”.

  3. Rube needs to see a “specialist” to start “rehab”……Rehab for his addiction to lying and being an ass

  4. Angelo gets shit on for the same reasons you do- he’s a hysterical creator of drama and an asshole.

    1. DUNPHY! I THOUGHT YOU WERE BANNED FROM THIS SITE UNTIL TEMPLE STARTS WINNING SOME GAMES! THAT TEAM IS IN THE SHITTER!

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  5. Fuck him, fuck them. Thanks for 2008 but they’ve gotten worse, and older, every year. Bobby fucking Abreu?? enough..FIRE THAT LYING WETBACK NOW

  6. But the Phanatic is in fine form and having a great spring training. Bring the kiddies to the ballpark for fun and games. Maybe even a win once in a while.

  7. SCUMBAG LIAR! IF HISTORY (AMARO’S LIES ABOUT UTLEY AND HOWARD A FEW YEARS AGO) TELLS US ANYTHING, IT IS THAT AMARO IS A LIAR (NATURALLY) AND THAT HAMELS WILL BE OUT UNTIL JUST BEFORE THE TRADE DEADLINE,. THEN, WHEN LIAR-O MAKES NO MOVES, HE WILL TROT THIS WELL-WORN LIE: “WELL, WE’RE GETTING OUR GUYS BACK, SO THAT’S JUST LIKE PICKING UP A PLAYER FOR NOTHING!”

    FUCKING LIAR! ONE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR A FAMILY EMERGENCY, WHICH WILL RESULT IN LIAR-O NEEDING “TIME AWAY FROM THE JOB”. LORD KNOWS MONTY WILL NEVER GROW THE STONES TO FIRE THIS DOUCHE!

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  8. Cole Hamels’ aggregate record from 2009-2013 (5 full years) is 61-51.

    He started out his career (from partial year 2006 through 2008) 38-23.

    He’s pitched eight years (8 YEARS!!) and hasn’t won 100 games.

    So, in the last five years, he averages 12 wins per year. Does anyone think he’ll exceed that this year now?

    Ok, he pretty much won the 2008 Series for us, but he made that up by pretty much losing the Series in 2009. So, that’s a push.

    Most overrated, overpaid hypochondriac in the history of Philadelphia sports. (Are you listening, Eric Lindros?)

    1. What was his ERA, WHIP and number of quality starts over that same period genius……I’ll give you a hint – it’s at the top of the list for pitchers in baseball in all three.

      Trying to use wins in making a case for pitching stats is purely arbitrary.

      1. Just peering at where Cole ranked in ERA and WHIP from 2009 – 2013 among all MLB pitchers:

        2009 ERA – 62nd, WHIP – 41st
        2010 ERA – 17th, WHIP – 23rd
        2011 ERA – 8th, WHIP – 3rd
        2012 ERA – 12th, WHIP – 11th
        2013 ERA – 46th, WHIP – 26th

        So, from 2009 to 2013 he averaged the 29th best ERA in baseball and the 21st best WHIP in baseball. Is Cole a good pitcher? YES. Was he amazingly dominant during a one-month period over 5 years ago? YES. But stop with the “he’s one of the top pitchers in baseball” stuff. He’s rarely even the best pitcher on his own team.

    2. YET LYING AMARO GAVE HIM AN EXORBITANT CONTRACT, BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ONE THAT LOST THE PHILLIES’ ONLY HOME-GROWN PITCHING PROSPECT SINCE FERGUSON JENKINS!

      I USED TO THINK LURIE WAS THE WORST, BECAUSE HE STEALS THE FANS’ MONEY EVEN WHILE PRINTING MORE IN THE LINC’S BASEMENT, BUT AT LEAST THE EAGLES WILL LET PLAYERS ON THE DOWNSIDE WALK, INSTEAD OF LAVISHING THEM WITH HUGE CONTRACTS BASED ON PAST SERVICES.

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    3. “Ok, he pretty much won the 2008 Series for us, but he made that up by pretty much losing the Series in 2009. So, that’s a push.”

      What in the holy fuckballs logic is that??? Over performing an entire playoffs, leading his team to a championship, the teams first championship in over 30 years and having a bad WS the following year (i won’t even talk about how it was on him) is a FUCKING PUSH??!

      What kind of drugs are you on son? Holy hairy donkey balls. No wonder philly fans get a bad rap, jesus fucking christ. I hope you move to Houston and become an astros fan you dumb fucking twit.

  9. What you should do is put that smug-ass photo on a t-shirt, and sell them as emergency ass-wipes!

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  10. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK RUBEN

    unfortunately i feel it’s going to take a sixersesque record to get him fired.

    “You got 70 wins this year Rube? And lost 987 man games to injury? GOOD JOB!! Not your fault you have old decrepit players. You want to sign a new contract?”

    -David Montgomery

  11. Homeboy be Makin stuff up. Yo – Johnny, dis is crazy. Dat guy is out his mind. I keep it real. I try really hard to sound like I grew up in the hood and not in the country. I tried hard to change my natural speech!

  12. Tremendously arrogant in that interview with cataldi….might as well have been saying …”I’m the smartest person here..let me tell you so…” dick

  13. Amaro and his crack team of quacks are geniuses! Even I was unaware that “twirled” was a medical procedure.

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