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04/24/09 6:16 PM ET

Hamels 'not in jeopardy' of missing start

Phils ace declines comment about liner off left shoulder

MIAMI -- Phillies ace Cole Hamels is OK and is expected to pitch Tuesday against the Nationals.

But Hamels did not give the news Friday at Dolphin Stadium.

The young lefty declined comment when asked how he felt after he left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fourth inning after Prince Fielder's liner hit him in the left shoulder. Hamels later said he does not want every day to be "The Cole Hamels Report." But the Phillies said Hamels is fine and is "not in jeopardy" of missing his next start.

Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan examined Hamels on Friday and reported no problems. Hamels was scheduled to throw long toss before Friday night's game and throw a bullpen session before Saturday night's game.

The Phillies seem to think Hamels will not have any problems Friday or Saturday and should face the Nationals on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park as scheduled.

"We'll see how he long tosses today," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "If he needs another day, he throw Sunday. I expect he'll be all right to throw [Saturday], the way he sounds."

Manager Charlie Manuel also said catcher Carlos Ruiz, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, could rejoin the team Wednesday against Washington. Ruiz is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Saturday as a designated hitter for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruiz is scheduled to catch Sunday, serve as the designated hitter Monday and catch again Tuesday before potentially rejoining the team.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.