Cole Hamels can be traded to nine teams without consent

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When left-hander Cole Hamels inked a six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies in late July 2012, he was given the right to veto a trade to 20 out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.

With the 2014 trade deadline approaching and the last-place Phillies looking like potential sellers, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have dug up some of the details about Hamels’ no-trade clause, including the nine teams that he can be dealt to without giving his consent …

Hamels is under contractual control through 2019 and the big-budget Phillies are obviously hoping to be competitive at some point over the next five seasons, so it’s not close to a certainty that the 30-year-old will be moved. Cliff Lee is 35 years old and only signed through 2015 — making him more likely to be shipped.

Hamels boasts a 2.87 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio through 100 1/3 innings this season.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.

Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.

Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.