Cole Hamels' season, and maybe his tenure with the Braves, is over after one start.
Hamels was placed back on the 10-day injured list Monday with shoulder fatigue.
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
He missed all of spring training, summer camp and the bulk of the regular season with injuries to his shoulder and triceps.
Hamels, who signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves, had been remarkably healthy for over a decade, making at least 30 starts in 10 of the last 12 years. He made 27 and 24 the other two seasons.
Hamels' only start of 2020 was last Wednesday in Baltimore. His fastball was in the mid-80s and he relied a lot on his cutter and changeup. He allowed three runs in 3⅓ innings and it could've been worse — the last batter he faced was robbed of a home run by Marcell Ozuna.
If you think the Phillies have been hit hard by rotation injuries, you haven't been paying attention to what's gone on with Atlanta. The Braves are without Mike Soroka and Hamels, missed Max Fried for a couple of starts in September and have a rotation of Fried, promising rookie Ian Anderson and a bunch of No. 6 or 7 starters. If they had Vince Velasquez, he might be their No. 3 right now.