FRISCO, Texas (June 15, 2017) - The Texas Rangers announced that pitcher Cole Hamels is scheduled to make a Major League rehabilitation start for the Frisco RoughRiders on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the San Antonio Missions at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Hamels was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 3 (retroactive to April 30) after sustaining a right oblique strain while warming up prior to his scheduled start on May 2 at Houston. The left-handed pitcher, in this third season with the Rangers, is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts for Texas this season.
Hamels, 33, will be suiting up for the first time for the RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez and first baseman Mike Napoli are currently on rehab assignments with the RoughRiders, and both are in the lineup for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against San Antonio.
The RoughRiders are in the midst of an eight-game homestand against San Antonio (San Diego Padres) and the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics) running through Wednesday, June 21.
Friday's game also features a Rougned Odor bobblehead giveaway, with the first 1,500 fans through the Dr Pepper Ballpark gates receiving a free bobblehead of former RoughRiders standout and current Texas Rangers star. The evening concludes with Post-Game Fireworks presented by Fidelity Investments, Plano Investor Center with fans invited onto the field to enjoy the show.
Tickets to tonight's game and future games at Dr Pepper Ballpark, including the 2017 Texas League All-Star Game presented by McAfee on Tuesday, June 27, are available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing more than $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.