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The Daily Chop: Hamels expected to be healthy for Opening Day

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The veteran southpaw injured himself prior to the first Spring Training, but now appears healthy as the second Spring Training is set to begin.

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Cole Hamels raised a red flag in February as the left-hander was unable to report to camp due to a shoulder injury. Given his age and the mileage on his arm, fans were understandably concerned, thanks in large part to the sizable financial commitment the Braves made to Hamels this offseason.

After a four-month delay in the start of the season, Hamels now appears to be healthy, according to GM Alex Anthopoulos.

“He’s feeling great,” Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos said. “We’ll see how things progress with each of our guys and how much we can get them stretched out before Opening Day. But right now in terms of our projections, he’s somebody we plan to carry with us at the start of this year.”

The club should have plenty of depth in the rotation to begin the season, and adding Hamels will certainly be a boost. Teamed with the youthful arms already making up a large part of the Atlanta staff, Hamels should bring some stability if he is indeed fully healthy.

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