Dodgers legend Cole Hamels isn’t planning on retiring just yet. Of course, I use legend in jest. For those who don’t recall, LA inked Hamels to a 1-year, $1 million deal this past August in the hopes that the former MLB workhorse could provide some key innings down the stretch for a beleaguered starting rotation. Unfortunately, he injured his shoulder while building up for his return and ultimately never suited up for the Dodgers.
Now he’s back as a free agent and, according to MLB reporter Jon Morosi, underwent shoulder surgery. Moreover, he’s not planning on exchanging his cleats for golf shoes just yet.
Free agent Cole Hamels, who turns 38 next month, plans to continue pitching, according to his agent, John Boggs. Hamels had shoulder surgery and is expected to be game-ready by late summer. He made one start with the Braves in 2020. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 10, 2021
Hamels will be 38 in the middle of December and hasn’t pitched in a game since September 16th, 2020 when he made his first and only start that year. He made 27 starts for the Cubs back in 2019, which feels like a long time ago in baseball years.
Over his career, the left-hander has tossed more close to 2,800 innings over 440 appearances between the regular season and postseason. So there’s no saying how much is left in the tank for the veteran. But, given his track record, he’ll likely get a shot with some club by midseason next year.
Just don’t count on it being with the Dodgers.
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