Cole Hamels’ season with the Dodgers is over before it even begins.
The 37-year-old left-hander’s comeback offer was derailed and he was put on the 60-day injured list on Monday. Hamels felt something in his shoulder during a simulated game, reports MLB Network.
Cole Hamels experienced shoulder pain during his simulated game in Arizona, so he won’t be able to compete for the Dodgers this season @BNightengale was there
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 17, 2021
The Dodgers replaced him in their 40-man roster with another former Phillie who wasn’t quite as successful here, Reliever Neftali Feliz.
Hamels signed a $ 1 million one-year deal with the Dodgers on Aug. 4. The deal included $ 200,000 in bonuses for every start he made with the Dodgers, as reported by USA Today.
In the end, he made zero, one less than last season with the Braves. Hamels only put 3⅓ innings for the 2020 Braves before missing the remainder of the 60-game sprint with triceps and shoulder injuries. He had signed a $ 18 million one-year contract with Atlanta and paid for a pro-rata portion of it – about $ 6,660,000.
The Phillies were one of 20 teams that Hamels pitched during a showcase in July but decided against signing for a number of reasons. They knew that after signing, Hamels would be unable to contribute to their Major League roster for at least 35 to 40 days. He needed a full, spring training-like build. The Phillies couldn’t guarantee him a rotation spot a month in advance as Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibson and Ranger Suarez were in the group and Zach Eflin was recovering from a knee injury.
There was also the risk of injury that played with LA The Dodgers were able to take that risk as their rotation is depleted. Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias are injured and Trevor Bauer remains on the blacklist.
It’s been a brilliant 15 year career for Hamels. He has a 3.43 ERA lifetime with even better postseason numbers, eight years with at least 200 innings, a World Series ring, and World Series MVP awards.
The only Phillie active in 2008 and active in 2021 is JA Happ, who is now running for the Cardinals.
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