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Cole Hamels dealing with left triceps tendinitis

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Braves starter Cole Hamels is dealing with left triceps tendinitis. It’s the same issue that kept him out of action during Grapefruit League play in February and March before the league shut down due to the pandemic. Manager Brian Snitker said the team is “a week away” from knowing whether or not Hamels will be healthy enough to make the Opening Day roster.

The Braves inked Hamels, 36, to a one-year, $18 million contract in December. Last season with the Cubs, the veteran of 14 seasons went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA, 143 strikeouts, and 56 walks over 141 2/3 innings. He completed a six-year, $144 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in July 2012.

If Hamels isn’t ready for the start of the season, Josh Tomlin or Kyle Wright could be candidates to start in his absence. The rest of the rotation includes Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz, and Sean Newcomb.

The Braves open the 2020 regular season on the road against the Mets on July 24. Soroka will likely get the nod against Jacob deGrom. Hamels was slated to pitch out of the No. 3 spot in the rotation.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.