"# A lot of you asked about what I meant when I said "tricky language" yesterday in my discussion of Cole Hamels' elbow. Most of the reports said "medial collateral ligament strain." It's correct, even precise, but it's also something of a misdirection. To most--likely not readers of this column--they'll hear this, not recognize what's being said, and move on. However, you might notice that the medial collateral is another word for a more sinister-sounding piece of anatomy--the ulnar collateral ligament. Like the pronunciation of "abduction," synonymical words don't necessarily mean much beyond a preference and who taught the doctor or trainer. Hamels' ligaments seem intact, according to the reading of a contrast MRI taken just before he was placed on the DL, but there is damage, which suggests that there's something off with his mechanics or that he's reached beyond the fatigue point and is seeing damage. It should surprise no one that Hamels just exceeded his previous career innings high by 30. Given his history of injuries, it's hard to nail down just where Hamels should be--injuries are the biggest exception to the Rule of 30. One thing is sure--Hamels' long-term health is going to be one of the biggest factors in whether the Phillies are good in years to come."
FROM: http://baseballprospectus.com/article.p ... cleid=6622