Theo Epstein Optimistic About Cole Hamels' Progress

The Cubs expect Hamels (oblique strain) back in early August.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
July 19, 2019 - 12:52 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein expressed optimism Friday morning regarding the return timetable for left-hander Cole Hamels, who continues to progress in his rehab from a left oblique strain.

"Hamels threw a good bullpen the other day," Epstein said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on 670 The Score. "He's throwing another one in a couple days. He continues to feel great, so it's just a question of sort of how extensive those pens are and then when we transition him into game action. His return -- as long as things continue to go well -- is not too far away. There are a couple different dates we're playing with, but you'll see him soon. I know it's not a real definitive answer, but you'll see him. We don't think it'll be too deep into August at all before you see him."

Hamels has been sidelined by the injury since June 28. He has been a rock for the Cubs, going 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 17 starts.

In other injury news, the Cubs continue to expect catcher Willson Contreras (foot strain) to return from the injured list as soon as he's eligible or just after, Epstein said. Contreras is eligible to return in the middle of next week.