Cole Hamels' season with Dodgers over before it started


Cole Hamels' season with the Dodgers is over before it started.

The 37-year-old lefty's comeback bid has been derailed and he was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday. Hamels felt something in his shoulder during a simulated game, MLB Network reports.

The Dodgers replaced him on their 40-man roster with another former Phillie who didn't experience quite the same success here, reliever Neftali Feliz.

Hamels signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers on August 4. The contract included $200,000 bonuses for each start he made with the Dodgers, as reported by USA Today.

He ended up making zero, one fewer than last season with the Braves. Hamels pitched just 3⅓ innings for the 2020 Braves before missing the remainder of the 60-game sprint with triceps and shoulder injuries. He had signed a one-year, $18 million contract with Atlanta and made the prorated portion of that -- approximately $6,660,000.

The Phillies were one of 20 teams that watched Hamels pitch during a July showcase but opted against signing him for several reasons. They knew that Hamels would not be able to contribute to their major-league roster for at least 35 to 40 days upon signing. He needed a full, spring training-like buildup. The Phillies could not guarantee him a rotation spot a month in advance with Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibson and Ranger Suarez in the fold and Zach Eflin working back from a knee injury. 

There was also the injury risk, which played out with L.A. The Dodgers were in a position to take this risk because their rotation has been depleted. Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias are injured, and Trevor Bauer remains on the restricted list.


If this is it for Hamels, it's been a brilliant 15-year career. He has a lifetime 3.43 ERA with even better postseason numbers, eight years of at least 200 innings, a World Series ring and World Series MVP honors.

The only 2008 Phillie active in 2021 is J.A. Happ, now pitching for the Cardinals.

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