Hamels was back home in Texas, met with Dr. Keith Meister and let the irritation calm down. The Braves will reevaluate him in three weeks, but Hamels will miss the start of the regular season, even if he’s ready to start it up at the earliest possible time.
However, according to manager Brian Snitker, he will come to Florida later this week and work with his teammates.
“I think we’ll see him sometime this week,” said Snitker on Sunday. “Reports are good. (Team coach) George (Poulis) spoke to him. I think it’s going exactly as they planned. So that’s good news.
“He’ll be here sooner than later just to acclimatize him. Many people already know him, they were around him. It’ll be good to take him to the camp and bring him around.”
The Braves signed a one-year contract with Hamels (36) for $ 18 million this off-season. Her hope was that he would have a stable presence in the rotation, cover consistent innings, and look after their younger pitchers.
But Hamels, who missed time last season due to an oblique injury and suffered shoulder fatigue in September, worsened his shoulder while doing off-season weighted ball exercises. He said he overdid it and added that he wasn’t worried, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
“He works extremely hard,” said Anthopoulos. “He cares. Sometimes you just do a little too much and flare up.”
Braves position players report on Monday, although most are already in the camp. The team will hold their first full squad practice on Tuesday.
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