10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
13 hours ago

Hamels (oblique) will throw a bullpen session Friday, and if all goes well, he will likely start Monday against the Indians, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty built up to 81 pitches during his rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Frisco, and he now faces just one final hurdle on the road back from an oblique strain. Hamels turned in a 3.03 ERA in five starts before going down with the injury, but a dramatic decline in strikeout rate (4.1 K/9) and swinging-strike rate, and an uptick in hard contact against, suggest he was overachieving to a significant extent.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
3 days ago

Hamels (oblique) made his second rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday, tossing 5.1 innings and giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from allowing a first-inning solo shot, Hamels looked strong during his 81-pitch outing, perhaps assuaging any concern the Rangers had about his strained oblique. It's expected that Hamels will throw a bullpen session in the coming days, and if all goes well, he'll likely come off the 10-day disabled list to start a game during the Rangers' series with the Indians next week.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
5 days ago

Hamels (oblique) will make his next rehab start with Double-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

It could be the second and final rehab start for Hamels, who looked excellent in his outing Friday for Frisco, covering three scoreless innings and conceding one hit and no walks. He'll presumably approach 75 pitches Wednesday after tossing 35 his last time out, and even if his performance takes a step back, a return from the 10-day disabled list could be in the offing if he experiences no renewed soreness with his right oblique.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
7 days ago

Hamels (oblique) made a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Friday, covering three scoreless innings and giving up one hit and no walks while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels, who was making his first start since April 26 after being sidelined with a right oblique strain, needed only 35 pitches to navigate through the three frames. The Rangers initially planned to let the left-hander toss 55-to-60 pitches during the outing, but since he worked through the three innings more efficiently than expected, he tossed some more pitches in the bullpen once he was removed from the contest. Hamels' velocity topped out at 93 mph, but the Rangers are optimistic that he'll be able to pick up a few ticks as he builds up his endurance. He's expected to cover five or six innings in his second rehab start next Wednesday, and will likely require one more start after that before the Rangers bring him off the disabled list.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
1 week ago

Hamels (oblique) will make his first rehab start Friday with Double-A Frisco.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels has been sidelined since May 2, but it seems that he's finally ramped up his pitch count enough to get back into game action. The southpaw is expected to throw 65 pitches or four innings in the upcoming outing, and if all goes well, he could return to action as soon as June 26, although more information should come forth once he clears this trial.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
1 week ago

Hamels (oblique) could be cleared to make his first minor-league rehab start as early as Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels has been able to get through some simulated innings during the Rangers' road trip, and if he recovers well from Tuesday's session, manager Jeff Banister indicated he'll likely Join Double-A Frisco for a rehab start Friday. Should that happen, Hamels would throw either four innings or 65 pitches before progressing from there. If all goes well for Hamels, he could rejoin the Rangers as early as June 26 against the Indians, though that remains a very tentative timetable. Either way, he appears to be progressing well from an oblique strain that has kept him sidelined since May 2.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
1 week ago

Hamels (oblique) could be cleared to make his first minor-league rehab start next week, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels was able to throw two 15-pitch innings Tuesday to glowing reports, with manager Jeff Banister indicating the lefty's cutter and breaking ball both looked sharp. Banister said that Hamels won't necessarily need to throw a bullpen session before being cleared to begin a rehab assignment, but an official determination on that front should arrive by the weekend.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
2 weeks ago

Hamels (oblique) threw a simulated game Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was a brief outing for the left-hander, as he only threw two sets of 15 pitches, although it's good to see him getting back into game situations. He's still not expected to return until All-Star break, but the progress is encouraging nonetheless.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
2 weeks ago

Hamels (oblique) is not expected to return until the second week of July at the earliest, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw fired a 55-pitch bullpen session Saturday, although he has yet to face live hitters. Hamels seems to still be progressing well, but the Rangers appear to be taking the cautious approach with his return, likely meaning that he won't be back in the rotation until after the All-Star break, although more details should emerge as the break nears.

10DCole Hamels
SP TEX
2 weeks ago

Hamels (oblique) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Provided that Hamels' bullpen session went smoothly, the next step in his rehab process will be throwing to live hitters, according to Grant. Hamels has been making steady progress in recent weeks and has responded well each time the Rangers have upped his activity level. Once Hamels begins facing live hitters, a rehab assignment could be next on the docket.