Rangers scratch Hamels be­cause of neck stiff­ness

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Texas Rangers scratched left-han­der Cole Hamels from Thurs­day’s start against the Chicago White Sox due to neck stiff­ness.

Hamels said he woke up Wed­nes­day with a stiff neck and it kept get­ting worse. He could barely sit on the Rangers’ plane ride from Seat­tle to Chicago.

“Some­times in ho­tels it hap­pens, I guess,” he said. “Every­thing comes down to tim­ing. If this hap­pened the day af­ter we could get through it and get to the next game. Some­thing that hap­pens right be­fore your start, there’s not enough time to be able to get right and go out there and give your team six, seven in­nings and a hun­dred pitches with­out some­thing re­ally dis­as­trous happening.”

Doug Fis­ter moved up one day to pitch the se­ries opener against the White Sox on reg­u­lar rest. The vet­eran righthander tossed 6 1/3 in­nings in Satur­day’s 6-1 loss at Hous­ton, yield­ing three runs.

Asked about the pos­si­bil­i­ties for to­day’s starter, Rangers man­ager Jeff Banis­ter men­tioned Hamels, Mat­tMoore and Austin Bibens-Dirkx at TripleA Round Rock. But Hamels said he thinks he will need more time for his neck to loosen up.

The 34-year- old Hamels is 2- 4 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts this sea­son. BRAVES PLACE SOROKA ON DL » Braves rookie Mike Soroka said tight­ness in the back of his right shoul­der is not a big con­cern, even though he’s been placed on the dis­abled list for the first time in his four-year pro career. Soroka, the ma­jor leagues’ youngest pitcher at 20, told Man­ager Brian Snitker that he wasn’t feel­ing 100 per­cent head­ing into his start Thurs­day against the Cubs. PI­RATES TO ADD TOP PROSPECT » Pitts­burgh plans to re­call top out­field prospect Austin Mead­ows from Triple-A In­di­anapo­lis in time for tonight’s game against San Diego.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.