Cole Hamels dealing with left triceps tendinitis

Cole Hamels triceps injury
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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.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”