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December 8, 2020 02:20 PM
Cole Hamels: Trying to get healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 27, 2020 03:12 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Shuttles to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 21, 2020 08:36 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Shut down again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 17, 2020 02:24 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Throws 52 pitches in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 16, 2020 06:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Activated for season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

September 13, 2020 11:08 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Starting Wednesday vs. O's
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of reports.

He threw three simulated innings Friday in his final tune up, so it would be risky to expect Hamels to go deep enough in this start to qualify for the win. By their own admission, the Braves are essentially letting Hamels get his rehab starts in during games that count down the stretch in order to get him ready for the postseason. He has been sidelined all year with shoulder and triceps injuries.

September 11, 2020 05:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Continues making progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) threw three simulated innings Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

The veteran lefty continues to work his way back from the shoulder and triceps issues that he's dealt with since spring training. He's expected to be activated to make a start at some point next week against the Orioles or Mets, though given that he's only been built up to three innings, he's unlikely to pitch deep enough to earn a win in his first game back.

September 8, 2020 10:44 AM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Could return next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) could return during the upcoming series in Baltimore, which begins Monday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hamels has battled shoulder and triceps issues since spring training, but he's been making good progress of late and completed a live batting practice session Sunday. It doesn't appear that he's close to being ready to handle a starter's workload, but Atlanta may be happy for him to finish the buildup process during big-league games. He could get the opportunity to make a few short starts in the final two weeks of the season.

September 7, 2020 05:56 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Could build up in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) could build his workload up during game action, Mark Bowman of reports.

Hamels threw a live batting practice session Sunday that went very well and is scheduled to throw another session in the coming days. If that goes smoothly, manager Brian Snitker said that he could be activated soon after. The southpaw still hasn't ramped up his workload during his recovery process, but he could serve as a starter for Atlanta soon, even if he isn't able to last very long initially. Hamels has been dealing with shoulder and triceps issues since spring training.

September 4, 2020 02:00 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Live batting practice scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) will throw a live batting practice session Sunday, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.

Hamels has been dealing with shoulder and triceps issues dating back to spring training, but he appears to still have time to make it back in time to make a start or two before the end of the regular season. The veteran lefty may be well past his peak, but he recorded ERAs of 3.78 and 3.81 in the last two seasons and can certainly still help Atlanta's rotation if he's able to pitch at something close to that level down the stretch.

August 30, 2020 05:24 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Completes bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) tossed a bullpen session Sunday, but he remains without a clear timeline for a return from the 45-day injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

The side session was Hamels' second since he was shut down during summer camp with triceps tendinitis. The veteran southpaw was merely expected to be a back-end piece in the Atlanta rotation in 2020, but his potential late-September return looms larger these days with Mike Soroka (Achilles) done for the season and with the likes of Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint having all flamed out as potential starting options.

August 28, 2020 04:36 PM
Braves' Cole Hamels: Could return in September
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamels (triceps) could return sometime in September, Mark Bowman of reports.

The idea would be for him to return in time to build up his pitch count in the majors in advance of the postseason. It is unclear where Hamels is at in his throwing program, or if a program is even underway.

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.

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San Diego, CA
Atlanta Braves

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2008: World Series MVP;NL LCS MVP