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Hamels said he felt "a couple of pops" in his shoulder while playing long toss before last night's game against the Mets.
Hamels, the Phils' top pick in the 2002 draft, has been plagued by injury throughout his career. He has had a strained elbow, a broken hand and a lower-back condition, but never a problem with his shoulder.
"I'm very concerned," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We'll have to see how serious it is."
Hamels, who had made two starts since coming to the majors earlier this month, was doing normal between-starts throwing when he injured himself yesterday.
"I kind of felt a couple of pops in my shoulder," Hamels said. "I've never had an injury there. I didn't want to take any chances, so we'll have it looked at.
"This is something I really didn't expect, because I had been training so hard to get to this level."
What Are the Signs of a Torn Rotator Cuff?
Typically, a person with a rotator cuff injury feels pain over the deltoid muscle at the top and outer side of the shoulder, especially when the arm is raised or extended out from the side of the body. Motions like those involved in getting dressed can be painful. The shoulder may feel weak, especially when trying to lift the arm into a horizontal position. A person may also feel or hear a click or pop when the shoulder is moved.
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