Cubs Scratch Cole Hamels From Saturday's Start

Alec Mills will start in place of Hamels, who's dealing with shoulder fatigue.

670 The Score Staff
September 19, 2019 - 4:29 pm

(670 The Score) With their season on the line, the Cubs have made an adjustment to their pitching rotation.

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Chicago has scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from his scheduled start against the Cardinals on Saturday due to shoulder fatigue. In place of Hamels, the Cubs have pushed left-hander Jose Quintana back a day to Saturday, while right-hander Alec Mills will fill in and take the mound Friday.

Hamels missed all of July with a left oblique injury, and he's had lingering shoulder soreness. The Cubs expressed hope that he'll only miss one start.

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Hamels has struggled mightily since returning from the injured list in early August, posting a 6.39 ERA in his nine starts since then. Mills has performed well lately, only allowing one run in his past six innings, which span three relief outings. Mills has a 3.42 ERA in seven appearances for the Cubs this season.

In other Cubs news, closer Craig Kimbrel (elbow inflammation) was activated Thursday. He had been sidelined since Sept. 1 with elbow inflammation. Kimbrel has a 5.68 ERA in 21 appearances and has converted 13 of 15 saves.

Additionally, shortstop Javier Baez (thumb fracture) could be available as a pinch-runner Thursday as he continues his rehab. He has been cleared for light baseball activities.

The Cubs and Cardinals open a four-game series at Wrigley Field at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.