The Los Angeles Dodgers hoped MLB veteran Cole Hamels could help a little with their rotation down the stretch. Instead, they were left with only the bill.
The team announced on Monday that it had placed Hamels on the 60-day injury list and effectively ended its season. According to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, Hamels experienced pain in his arm during a simulated inning on Monday.
The injury raises the question of whether Hamels will appear in another MLB game. He missed almost the entire 2020 season with a shoulder injury and put up only 3.1 innings in a start on a $ 18 million one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Hamels tried to mount an MLB comeback earlier this year and had a number of teams fascinated, but eventually signed with the Dodgers for $ 1 million. He was not expected to contribute to the team right away as he required some stretch, but the team certainly hoped for a little help when September rolled around.
It is unclear whether the Dodgers had any form of insurance on Hamels’ contract that could dampen the payment they owe him. Clearly, this is the risk the teams take when they sign the 37-year-old pitcher who has appeared in a match over the last two seasons, and it’s hard to blame Hamels for taking the money the teams give him.
Without Hamels, the Dodgers are left with a rotation that is very low in depth. Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and David Price remain healthy, but Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May and Danny Duffy are all on the injury list with varying degrees of injury.
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