The Los Angeles Dodgers made a few roster moves today. One of those moves was to select the contract of former Ranger closer Neftali Feliz. Another of those moves, made to open up a 40 man roster spot for Feliz, was to put former Ranger starter Cole Hamels on the 60 day injured list.
Strange how these things happen. Feliz hadn’t, prior to this season, pitched in the majors since 2017. He was pitching well for the Phillies’ AAA team earlier this year, got called up in late June by a Phillies team that was desperate for pitching, appeared in two games, faced nine batters, retired three of them, and was released. The Dodgers then signed him, he has pitched well for Oklahoma City, and now he’s back in the majors for L.A.
Still just 33, Feliz will get another chance at a ring.
Hamels, meanwhile, has his season end before he ever threw an official pitch in 2021. The 37 year old had a showcase last month, after having made just one start in 2020. The Dodgers signed him to a major league deal, and he agreed to accept an optional assignment to the minors in order to get stretched out for a potential starting role over the final weeks.
Instead, Hamels is done for the year, and one has to think his career may be over.