Cole Hamels expected to miss 8 weeks with side strain

Ruben Hill
May 7, 2017

LHP Cole Hamels was scratched from his start with right oblique tightness.

Hamels is expected to be sidelined approximately 8 weeks. He was injured while warming up for his sixth start of the year.

Hamels was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but Rangers executive vice president John Blake tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player is expected to miss almost two months.

Left-hander Alex Claudio made his first career start in Hamels' place. The club recalled righty Anthony Bass from their Triple-A affiliate at Round Rock to provide their bullpen with some pitching depth.

Over the course of those three outings, and 15.1 innings of work in all, Griffin has posted a 4.11 ERA alongside a flawless 2-0 record.

The Rangers received bad news Wednesday afternoon, as Cole Hamels was diagnosed with a right oblique strain. Texas had planned to use a six-man starting rotation this week to allow Yu Darvish an extra day of rest following his 125-pitch outing Saturday.

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