60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Thu 7/23/20 4:57 PM

Hamels (triceps) was placed on the 45-day injured list Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Not much has gone right for Hamels since he signed with the Braves; he dealt with a shoulder issue early in camp before landing on the IL last week with triceps tendinitis. Following this most recent move, the southpaw will be sidelined until at least the beginning of September. Kyle Wright and Josh Tomlin are candidates to fill in for Hamels in the rotation.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Mon 7/20/20 4:36 PM

Hamels (triceps) is able to throw but isn't expected to pitch in a game any time soon, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels has battled shoulder issues since arriving in spring training back in February. He was recently diagnosed with triceps tendinitis and sent to the injured list. With such an uncertain timeline, and with his 3.81 ERA and 23.2 strikeout rate from last season representing solid but far from spectacular numbers, he can likely be safely ignored in shallower fantasy leagues.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Sun 7/19/20 4:40 PM

Hamels (triceps) will begin the season on the injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw was battling a shoulder issue early in summer training, and the triceps tendinitis he dealt with previously resurfaced last week when attempting to retake the mound. There's no official return timeline for Hamels, but given he never faced hitters during the July camp he seems likely to require some time before reaching game readiness once he's cleared to throw.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Sat 7/11/20 11:44 AM

Hamels (shoulder) didn't throw his scheduled side session Saturday after experiencing triceps tendinitis, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels has yet to face live hitters during camp while battling a shoulder issue, and he missed his session Saturday with triceps tendinitis. The 36-year-old emphasized that the issues he's been experiencing have been similar to the soreness that he'd encounter during spring training, but time is running out for Hamels to get ready for the regular season with Opening Day just under two weeks away. The Braves could move him back in the rotation and limit his usage early on, but it's becoming more unlikely that he'll be available to begin the season, even with the potential precautionary measures.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Thu 7/9/20 2:53 PM

Hamels (shoulder) is not yet scheduled to begin throwing live batting practice, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels -- who is slowly working his way back from an offseason shoulder issue -- has thrown multiple bullpen sessions since reporting to summer camp, though it remains to be seen when he'll be cleared to face live hitters. At this point, even if the veteran left-hander assumes a spot near the back of Atlanta's rotation and pitches two or three innings in his first outing, he's running out of time to get ready for the start of the season, which is just over two weeks away.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Fri 7/3/20 11:36 AM

Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels had been dealing with a shoulder issue that dates back to an offseason workout. He indicated that he would have been on schedule to pitch by late May but stretched out his rehab schedule due to the delayed season. Friday's bullpen session was his third as he works his way back into game shape. He's expected to be used cautiously in his first few starts of the year, but he is expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Wed 6/24/20 4:47 PM

The Braves intend to have Hamels on the Opening Day roster but will proceed cautiously with the starter, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

General manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Wednesday that Hamels should be on the roster for the July 23/24 opener. However, Anthopolous' statement comes with some caveats. O'Brien says that the team will be cautious with Hamels, and Mark Bowman of MLB.com notes that Hamels and the rest of the Braves starters will likely only go 3-to-4 innings in their first start or two of the regular season. Rosters will be expanded early on and the extra relievers will help make up the difference until workload restrictions are eased.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Wed 6/24/20 4:18 PM

Hamels (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 season, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

After inking a one-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta, Hamels "irritated" his throwing shoulder during an offseason workout. That took the original Opening Day off the table, but GM Alex Anthopoulos said Wednesday that Hamels is feeling good after the extended layoff and will get back onto a mound later this week to begin ramping up for the "new" July 23/24 Opening Day. The 36-year-old Hamels missed a sizable chunk of last year with an oblique issue but showed that he can still perform at a high level when healthy.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Mon 4/6/20 3:31 PM

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday in an interview with broadcaster Chip Caray for the Braves' "At Home" special that Hamels (shoulder) is now feeling pain-free. "Under normal circumstances, he would've been going right now to get ready to start to prepare," Anthopoulos said of the lefty.

EDGE Analysis

Had the regular season started March 26 as originally scheduled, Hamels would have began his first campaign in Atlanta on the injured list, but it now looks as though the veteran may be ready to go when the league-wide hiatus ends. While Hamels continues to conduct his rehab at home, Anthopoulos' comments imply the southpaw is progressing through a throwing program and would likely be ready to face hitters by now. Assuming Hamels is ready to go when the season resumes, Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez and Kyle Wright will be left to battle for the fifth and final spot in the Atlanta rotation.

60DCole Hamels
SP ATL
Mon 3/2/20 4:59 PM

Manager Brian Snitker said there's no timetable for Hamels (shoulder) to resume throwing, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamels reported to camp near the end of February but has yet to pick up a throwing program due to a shoulder issue he first experienced in January. The veteran left-hander was hoping to resume throwing in early March, but that no longer appears to be the case after he was recently re-evaluated. As such, it sounds like there's a good chance Hamels will miss all of April as he continues to work back to full health.