#Cubs Hammel to have MRI Thursday
Cubs starter Jason Hammel will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring after he was forced out of Wednesday’s game because of pain he felt on the second pitch of the game.
Hammel was removed after throwing 12 pitches in the first inning with tightness in his left hamstring, and will have the test on Thursday. The Cubs led 5-4 after eight innings but the Cardinals rallied on Jhonny Peralta’s two-run home run in the ninth to post a 6-5 victory, and split the four-game series.
“[I felt it] right when I landed [on the second pitch],” Hammel said of the pain. “I’ve always been a stiff front leg guy landing, and I felt a sharp pain in the back of the knee. MRI tomorrow, and we’ll figure out exactly what it is.”
Hammel said the pain was enough that he shut himself down.
“Every pitch afterword got tighter and tighter and more painful,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat