The Braves’ pitchers and catchers reported today, but there is a noticeable absence from a starting rotation member. Lefty veteran Cole Hamels, who signed a one-year contract this offseason, is not in camp as he deals with left shoulder discomfort:
Cole Hamels not in Braves camp. He’s back in Dallas and will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks. Irritated his shoulder in offseason workouts with weighted ball, Brian Snitker said
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) February 12, 2020
Hamels injured himself during offseason workouts and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Per Gabe Burns of the AJC, the team does not believe it is serious:
Cole Hamels “irritated his shoulder” during offseason workouts. He’s visiting with doctor in Dallas. Team doesn’t think it’s major. He’ll be evaluated further in 3 weeks.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) February 12, 2020
Let’s hope this is the case. As of now, Hamels is one of four “locks” for the rotation, and losing any of these starters for an extended period could be a devastating blow.
Hamels was terrific for the Cubs in 2018, as well as the beginning of 2019, until being sidelined with an oblique injury. He struggled for the rest of the season and did not look like himself. The Braves were banking on a healthy Hamels returning to form, but they will have to take things easy as the veteran enters his fifteenth major league season.
Update: Cole Hamels will not be ready for the start of the season.
You must log in to post a comment.