Hamels (shoulder) is working out every day and is focused on getting healthy for the start of the 2021 season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Arm injuries limited him to one start in 2020 after making 27 starts in 2019. Several teams are interested in signing the veteran and he may hold a showcase for interested parties later in the offseason.
The Braves transferred Hamels (shoulder) to the 45-day injured list Sunday. After experiencing yet another setback with his left shoulder in his Braves debut Sept. 16, Hamels was already expected to be shut down for the season. The move to the 45-day IL officially confirms as much, while simultaneously clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The 36-year-old southpaw will become a free agent this winter and may have to settle for a one-year deal with limited guarantees if he wants to keep his career going.
Hamels was placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue Monday. Since the move was made retroactive to Friday, Hamels is technically eligible to return for the playoffs, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com relays that the southpaw has been removed from Atlanta's playoff pool, so that won't be happening. He's been dealing with shoulder injuries dating back to spring training and had finally been cleared to make his Braves debut last week, allowing three runs in 3.1 innings. That could well be the only start he'll make for Atlanta, as he'll be a free agent this offseason. He'll turn 37 in December, and a player of his age coming off a season almost completely lost to injury may not make him a particularly appealing asset on the free-agent market. Hamels can still pitch when healthy, though, as he recorded a 3.79 ERA across the last two seasons. Atlanta recalled Bryse Wilson in a corresponding move.
Hamels (0-1) allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two across 3.1 innings to take the loss Wednesday against Baltimore. Hamels made his season debut after working from a triceps injury. He worked two scoreless innings, but he appeared to run out of gas in the third frame when he surrendered two doubles and a walk. He was ultimately pulled after 52 pitches. Despite missing the vast majority of the season, Hamels is a candidate for the Braves' playoff rotation, so the team is likely to focus on building him up in time to make a meaningful contribution in October.
The Braves reinstated Hamels (triceps) from the 45-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday in Baltimore. Atlanta demoted reliever Jasseel De La Cruz to its alternate training site to make room on the active roster for Hamels, who had been bothered by the shoulder/triceps injury dating back to spring training. Since Hamels just started up his throwing program in late August, he isn't yet ready to handle a normal starter's workload. As a result, Atlanta will allow Hamels to build up his pitch count with two or three starts over the final week and a half of the regular season, with the hope that he'll be able to handle a more normal workload during the postseason. Since he tossed three innings in his most recent simulated game, Hamels is aiming to throw around 55-to-60 pitches Wednesday, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.