It’s safe to say that a little bit of rest was just what the doctor ordered for Cole Hamels.
Hamels, who placed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation, allowed one run on two hits over six innings tonight against the Reds. It was his first start since August 12.
The southpaw didn’t surrender his first hit until Brandon Phillips led off the fourth inning with a triple. It was ruled as a hit, even though the fly ball was badly misplayed by Hunter Pence in right field. Phillips eventually came in to score on a groundout by Joey Votto.
Hamels struck out seven while walking none and averaged 90.12 mph on his fastball, according to Brooks Baseball. He threw 50 out 76 pitches for strikes before being replaced by Antonio Bastardo to begin the bottom of the seventh inning with score tied at 1-1. While it would have been nice to see him stick around for a chance at the win, the Phillies are obviously more concerned about having him healthy and effective for the postseason.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.