As if the pain of yesterday’s Falcons’ loss was not enough, the Braves announced some terrible news less than an hour before the start of a critical four-game series with the Marlins. Cole Hamels, who just made his Braves debut last week, has been placed back on the IL and is not expected to return this season.
The #Braves today placed LHP Cole Hamels on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to September 18, with left shoulder fatigue, and recalled RHP Bryse Wilson to Atlanta.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 21, 2020
According to Alex Anthopoulos, Hamels’ shoulder was bothering him today, and the 36-year-old doesn’t feel like his arm is strong enough to pitch effectively.
According to Anthopoulos, Cole Hamels reported today and said his shoulder just doesn't feel strong enough to pitch effectively. Hamels threw a bullpen following his start in Baltimore and hoped to make his scheduled start. Now, he's done for the year. #Braves
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) September 21, 2020
There’s really no other way to put it than this is devastating news for the Braves, who were finally experiencing a bit of success as far as their starting pitching is concerned. Hamels was only placed on the 10-day IL, so there is the possibility he makes a return this season, but it’s a longshot, and that might be understating it.
With Hamels now out of the picture, the Braves will have to have some miraculous performances from their young arms in October. Max Fried and Ian Anderson have been unbelievable all season, but they won’t be enough for this team to make a deep playoff run. Kyle Wright now seems like a lock to make a postseason start after his last two productive outings, and we could even see Huascar Ynoa start if he finishes the season strong. This also increases the chances of Sean Newcomb or Mike Foltynewicz returning to Atlanta.
Hopefully, Hamels can heal up quick, but this likely ends what has been a frustrating first year in Atlanta for both parties.