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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (17) / PHI
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Making his return from the disabled list, Cole Hamels surrendered seven runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.
Hamels had been on the shelf since early May with a right oblique strain. His return to the mound started out in tenuous enough fashion, as the southpaw loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning. He managed to Houdini his way out of that mess allowing just one run. He would surrender one more in the third inning before an incredibly shaky four-run fifth (including one run walked in with the bases loaded) finally did him in. Hamels finished up his evening's work having struck out one and walked four. He threw 92 pitches in the outing (48 for strikes). A road start against the White Sox shows next on his schedule as he looks to knock off the rust and work his way back into the flow of the season. Jun 26 - 10:51 PM

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Rangers activated LHP Cole Hamels from the 10-day disabled list.

Hamels, out since early May with a right oblique strain, allowed one run in 8 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks through two minor league rehab starts. He'll make his return to the Rangers' rotation Monday against the Indians.
Jun 26 - 3:22 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) is on track to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Monday in Cleveland.

That's assuming things go as planned during his bullpen session Friday. Hamels allowed just one run while striking out eight over 8 2/3 innings in two rehab starts, going 5 2/3 frames and throwing 81 pitches in his final outing Wednesday. The veteran lefty should be ready for close to a full workload versus the Tribe. Hamels has been out since early May with a strained right oblique.
Jun 23 - 5:18 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) allowed just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco.

Hamels made it to 81 pitches in the outing. "It was good, being able to get into the sixth inning," said Hamels, who was scheduled to go only five innings. "I know we were shooting for five with the pitch count we set. Just getting out there and being able to get into a rhythm, especially seeing how I feel with the long innings and warming up and keeping everything going smoothly. That was something we were doing really well." The left-hander should be cleared to return to the Rangers' rotation next week. He's been out since May 3 with a strained oblique.
Jun 22 - 11:14 AM

Cole Hamels (oblique) will make what could be his final rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Hamels struck out three while yielding just one hit in his first rehab outing for Frisco last Friday. He'll go a little deeper into Wednesday's game and if things go well should be cleared to rejoin the Rangers' rotation the following week.
Jun 18 - 1:48 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that Cole Hamels (oblique) could potentially make a minor league rehab start on Friday.

A Friday rehab start is not set in stone, but whether it comes on Friday or a little bit later, Hamels is making clear progress in his recovery. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday as he continues on the comeback trail from a strained right oblique which has kept him out of action since May 3. So long as he is able to avoid setback, the veteran southpaw could potentially rejoin the Rangers in early July.
Jun 14 - 5:44 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) threw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

It was his first taste of semi-live action since he landed on the disabled list May 3 with a strained right oblique. Hamels will probably do one or two more simulated workouts before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. The left-hander is on track to rejoin the Rangers' rotation sometime in early July.
Jun 13 - 4:00 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) threw another bullpen session on Saturday afternoon.

He threw it in the visitors bullpen at Nationals Park, during the second inning of the Rangers' matinee game versus Washington. Hamels should be ready to advance to live batting practice sessions and could begin a rehab assignment within the next two weeks. The left-hander is on track to return to the Rangers' rotation around the first or second week of July.
Jun 10 - 12:38 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.

If that goes well, Hamels will begin facing live hitters in batting practice next week. Barring a setback, the left-hander should be back around the All-Star break.
Jun 9 - 6:54 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Sunday.

He'll throw two or three more of those before advancing to simulated action and then eventually a minor league rehab assignment. Hamels is on track to return to the Rangers' starting rotation sometime in early July, though there are many hurdles to clear. He landed on the disabled list May 2 with a severe right oblique strain.
Jun 3 - 4:04 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) played catch again on Wednesday.

Hamels also played catch on Tuesday, the first time he had thrown the ball since hitting the disabled list with a strained right oblique on May 2. There is still a relatively long road of recovery ahead of him, though, as he is not expected to rejoin the Rangers until some time in early July.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) played catch Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

A positive first step for the rehabbing left-hander, who has been out since May 2 with a strained right oblique. Hamels is not expected to return to the Rangers' rotation until early July.
May 23 - 4:22 PM

Rangers placed LHP Cole Hamels on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Astros after experiencing tightness in his right side and an MRI taken Wednesday confirmed that he's dealing with an oblique strain. He's expected to miss at least eight weeks. Hamels, 33, had strung together seven straight 200-plus-innings seasons between 2010-2016, but that streak will come to and end this year.
May 3 - 3:47 PM

Cole Hamels has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night in Houston due to oblique tightness.

Alex Claudio will take the hill instead for his first-ever start in the major leagues. Hamels has been the picture of good health in his pro career, logging seven straight 200-plus-inning seasons, but this oblique injury could threaten to put him on the 10-day disabled list. He'll be examined back in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday.
May 2 - 7:59 PM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Twins on Wednesday.

He uncharacteristically struck out just one batter while walking three and giving up seven base hits. One of those hits was a two-run tater by designated hitter Eduardo Escobar. Hamels moves to 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA through five starts. Despite his early success his strikeout rate has dropped considerably and now barely exceeds his walk rate. He has 15 strikeouts and 12 walks in 32 2/3 innings.
Apr 27 - 1:04 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Pete Kozma
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Bush
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Keone Kela
4Tony Barnette
5Jose Leclerc
6Alex Claudio
7Nick Martinez
8Austin Bibens-Dirkx
9Dario Alvarez
10Jake Diekman
11Ernesto Frieri
12Tanner Scheppers
13Preston Claiborne