By Sam Bush

For the down and out Phillies, the hits just keep on comin’.

And for clueless Ruben Amaro Jr., who has run the team into the ground since taking over as GM in late 2009, here’s another example of his ineptitude.

The Phillies announced this afternoon that ace lefty Cole Hamels will miss Friday night’s start due to a mild hamstring strain.

Hamels hasn’t yet been placed on the disabled list yet, so this injury appears to be minor. It’s possible the Phillies will put him on the 15-day DL, backdating the stint to June 15, the day after his last outing. If the Phils do that, Hamels could miss just two starts.

One thing that is for certain is that Amaro should have taken the best deal possible while shopping Hamels since last summer.

Hamels looked healthy working seven shutout innings and striking out 12 in his last start, a June 14 no-decision in Pittsburgh.

Hamels, 31, is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA in 14 starts this season.

Phillippe Aumont, a 6-foot-7 right-hander, was called up Thursday from Triple-A to start against St. Louis on Friday night.


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