As expected, the Atlanta Braves reinstated veteran left-hander Cole Hamels Wednesday and he will start tonight’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. To make room on the active roster, the Braves optioned right-hander Jasseel De La Cruz back to the alternate training site. De La Cruz was brought up for the first time to the Major League roster on Tuesday to add another fresh arm to the bullpen but didn’t get into Tuesday’s game.
.@WellstarHealth injury update:— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 16, 2020
The #Braves today reinstated LHP Cole Hamels from the 45-day IL after optioning RHP Jasseel De La Cruz to the alternate training site following last night’s game. pic.twitter.com/AYbSRAep7o
It has been a long road back for Hamels and the Braves in 2020. Hamels originally suffered a setback in his offseason training and was unable to throw at the start of spring training. He status was once again in question as he was still far behind the other pitchers at the start of summer camp. He recently began to ramp up his activity over the last couple of weeks and will now be an option for Atlanta over the final days of the regular season and hopefully the postseason.
Hamels is still building up and is expected to throw something in the neighborhood of 55-60 pitches Wednesday’s night. The goal is to have him stretched out to about 90 pitches by the end of the regular season.