21h17 : The Dodgers have announced they have selected the veteran reliever contract Happy Nephthali. To create space on the 40-man roster, they placed the left-hander Cole Hamels on the 60-day casualty list. The move ends Hamels’ season before he can make an official appearance. Hamels recently suffered some form of arm injury, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Lien Twitter).
In addition, Los Angeles recalled his hope as a right-handed pitcher André Jackson to make his major league debut. Jackson was selected from the 40-man roster during the offseason to keep him out of the rule 5 draft, so no matching move was needed in that regard. To open an active list space, Darien Nunez and Edwin uceta were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hamels missed most of last season with the Braves struggling with triceps and shoulder issues. He remained in the free agent market throughout the offseason and the first half of the 2021 campaign before making a showcase in mid-July. This led to a one-year, $ 1 million deal with the Dodgers two weeks ago, in hopes that Hamels could be an end-of-season rotation option for Los Angeles. Sadly, he now faces yet another injury that will prevent him from taking the mound in 2021.
There will surely be updates to come on Hamels specific diagnosis and outlook. It is not clear whether the latter issue will affect his preparation for the 2022 campaign. The 37-year-old will be in free agency again at the end of the season, and he will surely have to organize another showcase for the teams if he is. is capable of it and decides to seize the opportunities this winter.
What is clear is that Hamels’ backhand will remove another potential starting pitcher option for the Dodgers down the stretch. Los Angeles drags the Giants four games into the NL West, and they were already without Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urías, Danny Duffy and Tony Gonsolin due to injury (as well as Dustin mai, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May). Kershaw, in particular, played wrestling today for the first time since shutting down due to pain in his forearm (via Juan Toribio from MLB.com), although it is still not expected until September.
Féliz is back in the majors for the second time this season. The former All-Star appeared in two games for the Phillies in late June, his first Big League action in four years. Féliz was scored for four runs in a working inning with Philadelphia before being released. The 33-year-old hooked up with the Dodgers under a contract with the minor leagues soon after.
The veteran right-hander has spent the past six weeks in Oklahoma City, coming back to the top with a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings. It’s a continuation of the stellar work he did at the highest level of miners with the Phillies’ branch in Lehigh Valley. Between the two organizations, Féliz has a 2.45 triple-A ERA with a whopping 38.8% strikeout rate and an average walk percentage of 9.7%.
Jackson, meanwhile, is one of the best potential pitchers in the Dodgers’ system. He fell in the twelfth round of the 2017 draft after undergoing Tommy John surgery in his final season at the University of Utah, where he spent more time as an outfielder than on the mound. The right-hander made his professional debut the following year and struggled with his control, but had a busted 2019 season split between two A-ball levels.
Each of Baseball America, Athletic’s Keith Law and FanGraphs ‘Eric Longenhagen ranked Jackson among the Dodgers’ top fifteen minor leagues before or during the 2021 season. Evaluators praise his four-length mix and athleticism. , with the general hope that he will continue to improve due to his relative lack of experience as a pitcher.
The 24-year-old has spent most of the year with Double-A Tulsa, throwing to 3.27 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. Jackson hit 29.6% of opponents while marching against 7.9% of hitters, the lowest in his career, to win his first call in the big league.