Texas Rangers star pitcher Cole Hamels won’t be making a scheduled start on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins because of a groin injury.

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Hamels Scratched vs. Twins Because of Sore Groin

Tuesday, August 11

Hamels’ third start with his new club will have to wait in light of his health situation, according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com.     

The veteran southpaw has proved to be plenty durable during his decorated MLB career, missing just one start this season in June because of a mild right hamstring strain.

Hamels has made at least 30 starts in each of the past seven seasons. Unless this setback proves to be something major, Texas can likely expect Hamels to be good to go again soon enough.

What had been a trying 2015 campaign for Hamels changed drastically when the Philadelphia Phillies dealt him to the Rangers just before the trade deadline. The rare, legitimate move by Texas to patch up its starting pitching gave Hamels a sudden chance to go to the postseason.

Since arriving in Arlington, though, Hamels has posted a 5.93 ERA in two prior starts. If the club can just reach the playoffs, there’s reason to believe Hamels can help the Rangers get over the hump should he draw on the form that garnered him 2008 World Series MVP honors.

Sitting 3.5 games out of the last wild-card spot at the moment, the Rangers have a ways to climb in the standings and could use valuable, quality starts from Hamels to help the cause. At least his ailment seems rather minor, but it’s vital for Hamels and Yovani Gallardo to be healthy as Texas prepares for a playoff push.

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