Cole Hamels Set To Return On Sunday

Apr 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) walks back up the mound between pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rangers won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) walks back up the mound between pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rangers won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Texas Rangers ace, Cole Hamels, seems ready to return from his quick injury issue with his strained groin issue.

Cole Hamels is reportedly ready to return the mound after suffering a groin strain in his April 20th start against the Houston Astros. Hamels was scratched from his last start on April 25th against the Yankees due the injury, citing the move as a preemptive measure to make sure this did not become a lingering issue.

Hamels has been the best pitcher in the Rangers rotation so far this year, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.52 ERA with 23 strikeouts. The Rangers have won each of the four games Hamels has started with him only losing out on a decision on April 14th against Baltimore. In the games he’s started, Texas has held their opponents to three runs or less. In addition, he’s on ESPN’s leaderboard for AL Cy Young candidates. Cole Hamels will continue to play a big role in the Rangers success moving forward and success this season.

Regarding the injury, Cole Hamels said that had the Texas Rangers been later into the season, he would’ve likely pushed through the issue to keep pitching. However, considering how early we are into the season, risking a further issue for one start didn’t make sense.

In addition, once Yu Darvish returns from injury, it’s expected for the Rangers to have arguably best rotation in Major League Baseball with both Hamels and Darvish.

Cole Hamels is slated to start Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels in the third game of a three-game series at Globe Life Park.

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