Hamels ejected, Park hurt in wild fifth
Starter tossed on way out; reliever nipped by comebacker
TORONTO -- In quite unique fashion, Cole Hamels became the first Phillies player to be ejected this year during Friday's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
After being hit hard by the Toronto offense, Hamels was removed from a 4-0 game by Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel in the fifth inning with two outs and runners on first and third base.
As Hamels was exiting the field, he had some words for home-plate umpire Mark Carlson. By the time Hamels had walked from the mound to the first-base line, Carlson had heard enough and tossed the left-handed starter from the game.
While no Philadelphia player had been ejected this year prior to the incident, Manuel has been tossed twice.
Hamels allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He exhausted 105 pitches during that span.
Obviously still upset after the game, Hamels declined to speak with reporters.
"I can't gather my thoughts to say anything good right now, so I'll talk tomorrow," Hamels said.
Manuel was also not available for comment. With his club now having dropped 11 of its past 13 games, the Phillies held a closed-door meeting that lasted about 20 minutes. When reporters were allowed in the locker room, the manager's office door was shut.
Not long after Hamels was ejected in the contest, Philadelphia was forced to deal with more drama.
Right-hander Chan Ho Park came on to relieve Hamels, and he immediately induced a comebacker to the mound off the bat of Toronto's Alex Rios. As Park dropped to his left knee to field the ball, he crouched awkwardly and seemed to be in pain. After throwing to first to retire Rios and end the inning, Park fell to the ground, where he stayed for a few minutes before leaving on his own accord.
Park was said to have a right knee contusion afterward. He was replaced by Tyler Walker in the sixth inning.
David Singh is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.