The Texas Rangers have placed left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, which will keep him out for eight weeks or about two months. The club recalled righty Anthony Bass from their Triple-A affiliate at Round Rock to provide their bullpen with some pitching depth.
The 33-year-old native of San Diego was scheduled to start last night against the Houston Astros, but the lefty felt pain in his side during a pregame pitch in a bullpen he was throwing. The team ended up scratching him from his start and he was replaced by relief pitched Alex Claudio, who went four-plus innings in a spot start.
He ended up leaving Houston to return to Arlington to see the team's physician, Dr. Keith Meister. Their team physician ended up confirming the diagnosis.
Hamels was off to a solid start to the 2017 campaign, as he had a 2-0 record, along with a 3.03 ERA, across five starts. In 32 and 2/3 innings pitched, he posted a career-low 4.1 K/9, along with a 5.15 FIP and a 1.133 WHIP.