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July 23, 2020 05:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Shifts to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) was placed on the 45-day injured list Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Not much has gone right for Hamels since he signed with the Braves; he dealt with a shoulder issue early in camp before landing on the IL last week with triceps tendinitis. Following this most recent move, the southpaw will be sidelined until at least the beginning of September. Kyle Wright and Josh Tomlin are candidates to fill in for Hamels in the rotation.

July 20, 2020 04:40 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Not close to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) is able to throw but isn't expected to pitch in a game any time soon, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Hamels has battled shoulder issues since arriving in spring training back in February. He was recently diagnosed with triceps tendinitis and sent to the injured list. With such an uncertain timeline, and with his 3.81 ERA and 23.2 strikeout rate from last season representing solid but far from spectacular numbers, he can likely be safely ignored in shallower fantasy leagues.

July 20, 2020 05:28 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Heading to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) will begin the season on the injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

The veteran southpaw was battling a shoulder issue early in summer training, and the triceps tendinitis he dealt with previously resurfaced last week when attempting to retake the mound. There's no official return timeline for Hamels, but since he never faced hitters during the July camp, he seems likely to require some time before reaching game readiness once he's cleared to throw.

July 11, 2020 11:48 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Held out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) didn't throw his scheduled side session Saturday after experiencing triceps tendinitis, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.

Hamels has yet to face live hitters during camp while battling a shoulder issue, and he missed his session Saturday with triceps tendinitis. The 36-year-old emphasized that the issues he's been experiencing have been similar to the soreness that he'd encounter during spring training, but time is running out for Hamels to get ready for the regular season with Opening Day just under two weeks away. The Braves could move him back in the rotation and limit his usage early on, but it's becoming more unlikely that he'll be available to begin the season, even with the potential precautionary measures.

July 9, 2020 02:56 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Yet to face live hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) is not yet scheduled to begin throwing live batting practice, Mark Bowman of reports.

Hamels -- who is slowly working his way back from an offseason shoulder issue -- has thrown multiple bullpen sessions since reporting to summer camp, though it remains to be seen when he'll be cleared to face live hitters. At this point, even if the veteran left-hander assumes a spot near the back of Atlanta's rotation and pitches two or three innings in his first outing, he's running out of time to get ready for the start of the season, which is just over two weeks away.

July 3, 2020 11:40 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Throws bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Hamels had been dealing with a shoulder issue that dates back to an offseason workout. He indicated that he would have been on schedule to pitch by late May but stretched out his rehab schedule due to the delayed season. Friday's bullpen session was his third as he works his way back into game shape. He's expected to be used cautiously in his first few starts of the year, but he is expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

June 25, 2020 02:08 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Team proceeding cautiously
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Braves intend to have Hamels on the Opening Day roster but will proceed cautiously with the starter, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Wednesday that Hamels should be on the roster for the July 23/24 opener. However, Anthopolous' statement comes with some caveats. O'Brien says that the team will be cautious with Hamels, and Mark Bowman of notes that Hamels and the rest of the Braves starters will likely only go 3-to-4 innings in their first start or two of the regular season. Rosters will be expanded early on and the extra relievers will help make up the difference until workload restrictions are eased.

June 24, 2020 04:20 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Expected to be ready for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 season, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After inking a one-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta, Hamels "irritated" his throwing shoulder during an offseason workout. That took the original Opening Day off the table, but GM Alex Anthopoulos said Wednesday that Hamels is feeling good after the extended layoff and will get back onto a mound later this week to begin ramping up for the "new" July 23/24 Opening Day. The 36-year-old Hamels missed a sizable chunk of last year with an oblique issue but showed that he can still perform at a high level when healthy.

April 7, 2020 02:12 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Deemed pain-free
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday in an interview with broadcaster Chip Caray for the Braves' "At Home" special that Hamels (shoulder) is now feeling pain-free. "Under normal circumstances, he would've been going right now to get ready to start to prepare," Anthopoulos said of the lefty.

Had the regular season started March 26 as originally scheduled, Hamels would have began his first campaign in Atlanta on the injured list, but it now looks as though the veteran may be ready to go when the league-wide hiatus ends. While Hamels continues to conduct his rehab at home, Anthopoulos' comments imply the southpaw is progressing through a throwing program and would likely be ready to face hitters by now. Assuming Hamels is ready to go when the season resumes, Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez and Kyle Wright will be left to battle for the fifth and final spot in the Atlanta rotation.

March 2, 2020 05:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Still no timetable for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Brian Snitker said there's no timetable for Hamels (shoulder) to resume throwing, Mark Bowman of reports.

Hamels reported to camp near the end of February but has yet to pick up a throwing program due to a shoulder issue he first experienced in January. The veteran left-hander was hoping to resume throwing in early March, but that no longer appears to be the case after he was recently re-evaluated. As such, it sounds like there's a good chance Hamels will miss all of April as he continues to work back to full health.

February 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Won't throw for two weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) reported to camp Saturday but won't resume his throwing program for at least two more weeks, Mark Bowman of reports. "At this point, if I rush, I think it would take me a lot longer to get to 100 percent," Hamels said. "I don't think that is fair to the team, and it's not fair to other starters who are champing at the bit to help the team win. It's about coming in and making sure I'm a big part as opposed to a small one."

After inking a one-year deal with Atlanta in the offseason, Hamels developed shoulder irritation in January and has been shut down ever since. "It just kind of hit a point where I knew I couldn't get past it," he said. "Soreness is good, but you have to know what soreness is good and what is bad. It was just kind of getting away from that comforting feel of knowing you're pushing it, you're getting better and you're getting stronger. It was more toward that injury area." The delayed start to his spring will rule him out for an Opening Day rotation spot, but the team should have a more concrete target date for the veteran left-hander's 2020 debut once he gets re-evaluated in early March.

February 18, 2020 01:44 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Arriving at camp this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) is expected to arrive at Atlanta's spring training facility later this week, Mark Bowman of reports. "The reports [on his shoulder] are good," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "[Trainer George Poulis] has been talking to him and I think [the recovery] is going exactly how they had planned. That's good news. He'll be here sooner than later just to get him acclimated."

The veteran southpaw still isn't likely to get clearance to begin a throwing program until early March and isn't being counted on as part of the Opening Day rotation, but Hamels may not end up missing too many turns if he continues to make progress from what's being described as shoulder "irritation." He made 27 starts for the Cubs last year, posting a 3.81 ERA, 4.08 FIP and 9.1 K/9 over 141.2 innings.

February 12, 2020 11:36 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Won't be ready for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Wednesday that Hamels (shoulder) won't be back to full health for Opening Day, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

As was reported earlier Wednesday, Hamels will be shut down for the first three weeks of spring training after he experienced irritation in his left shoulder during a recent workout. Even if doctors clear Hamels to resume working out immediately after he's re-evaluated, Anthopoulos indicated the 36-year-old won't have enough time to complete his throwing program before the Braves open their season March 26 in Arizona. Hamels thus appears likely to begin the campaign on the 10-day injured list, though he may only have to miss a start or two if he avoids any setbacks with the shoulder once he's cleared to throw again.

February 12, 2020 09:40 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Reports to camp with shoulder issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels "irritated" his throwing shoulder during an offseason workout and will be shut down for three weeks before being re-evaluated, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The fact that Hamels -- who inked a one-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta over the winter -- is already hurt as spring training gets underway is concerning, though the team apparently doesn't believe the shoulder issue is a major one for the 36-year-old. Hamels is scheduled to visit a doctor in Dallas for more information about the injury, but at the very least, he'll be shut down through the end of February before he's able to begin his throwing program in earnest. The lefty should be ready to go for Opening Day if he's good to go after the three-week shutdown, but any further setbacks would make a stint on the injured list to begin the season a strong likelihood.

December 4, 2019 08:32 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Signs one-year deal with Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels and the Braves agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal Wednesday, Jeff Passan of reports.

The veteran lefty will be back in the division where he started his career for his age-36 season. He's not the pitcher he was at his peak, but he's remained a stable option, posting ERAs of 3.78 and 3.81 in the last two seasons while striking out 23.3 percent and 23.2 percent of batters. He'll settle in as a mid-rotation starter in a young Braves rotation.

November 5, 2019 12:08 PM
Cole Hamels: Won't get qualifying offer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels will not receive a qualifying offer from the Cubs and will head into free agency without a draft-pick penalty attached to him, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Hamels hasn't been an ace for several years but remained a useful arm last season, posting a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts. The Cubs didn't want to keep him around for $17.8 million next season, but he could still earn himself a decent deal despite the fact that he'll turn 36 in December.

September 28, 2019 11:16 PM
Cubs' Cole Hamels: Closes 2019 on high note
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) allowed two hits while striking out eight over four scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Saturday. He did not issue a walk.

The lefty was scratched last week due to shoulder fatigue, but he was cleared to pitch one final time and made the most of the opportunity. While Hamels was expected to go only three innings, he was so effective that he convinced manager Joe Maddon to leave him out there for an additional frame. Hamels' season was derailed by an oblique injury in July; he had struggled to a 6.39 ERA over nine starts coming into Saturday, after posting a 2.98 ERA over the first three months. He heads into free agency this winter for the first time in his career.

September 28, 2019 05:56 PM
Cubs' Cole Hamels: Limited to three innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) will be limited to just three innings Saturday against the Cardinals, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Hamels is recovered from a sore shoulder enough to start for the first time since Sept. 16, though the Cubs won't push him deep into the game. That's likely related to the injury, though the Cubs also have no reason not to be extra cautious with nothing left to play for this season.

September 26, 2019 05:24 PM
Cubs' Cole Hamels: Slated to start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) is scheduled to start Saturday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Hamels has been sidelined since Sept. 16 with a sore shoulder, but he felt good after a bullpen session Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make one final start this season. The southpaw owns a 3.92 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 135:56 K:BB in 137.2 innings (26 starts).

September 24, 2019 06:16 PM
Cubs' Cole Hamels: Feels good after bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (shoulder) felt good after a bullpen session Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

A sore shoulder has kept Hamels off the mound since Sept. 16, but he may have time to make one more start this season. The Cubs will have to make a decision regarding Hamels in the coming days.

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vs LHB 30.200 3.8201026
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San Diego, CA
Atlanta Braves

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2008: World Series MVP;NL LCS MVP