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The Atlanta Braves had expected to have Cole Hamels available for 162 games when they signed him to a one-year $18 million contract. Now the club is happy the veteran left-hander will finally be available, even if it is Game 50 of a 60-game season.

Hamels will make his season debut on Wednesday when the visiting Braves play the finale of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Left-hander Keegan Akin (0-1, 4.61 ERA) will opposed the 36-year-old Hamels.

Baltimore (21-27) has won the last three series against the Braves (29-20).

"These are some of those older guys we were counting on to carry some of that starting load," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "Now we're finally getting them back."

In addition to Hamels, the Braves expect to get No. 1 starter Max Fried back on Friday. The left-hander missed a start with back spasms and was placed on the injured list as a precautionary measure.

Hamels missed spring training with left shoulder inflammation and most of summer camp with left triceps tendinitis. He has not pitched in a game since Sept. 28, 2019. The Braves will limit Hamels to three or four innings, between 55-60 pitches, in his first appearance.

"I know this is kind of my spring training," Hamels said. "But I know what it takes to focus, to be able to get outs, to minimize damage, put up zeroes and try to pitch as long as I can under a pitch count."

The Atlanta rotation needs all the help it can get. The Braves have had a starter go three innings or less in 13 games. The team has had back-to-back six-inning starts only three times this season. The result has been a stressed-out bullpen.

Touki Toussaint was the latest to flame out; he lasted only 2 2/3 innings on Monday and was sent to the alternate training site on Tuesday morning. Huascar Ynoa, who started Tuesday, had his best outing of the season with four scoreless innings, but left the game early with pain in his lower back.

Akin will be making the fourth start of his career. In his last outing on Sept. 11 at New York, he suffered the loss in his shortest outing (two-thirds of an inning), allowing four runs on three hits and one walk against the Yankees. He was lifted after throwing just 39 pitches.

"It wasn't good," Akin said. "Some things didn't go my way."

Akin has never faced Atlanta.

Two of the hottest hitters in the league are Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and Baltimore shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Freeman was 3-for-5 on Tuesday with two doubles and padded his league-leading RBI total to 46. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and his on-base streak to 31 games.

Iglesias was 2-for-4 on Tuesday and increased his batting average to .374. According to Elias Sports Bureau, on Monday when he went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, he became the first Baltimore starting shortstop to be perfect at the plate with at least four RBIs in a regular-season game since Chico Salmon on Aug. 16, 1969.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Baltimore Orioles

  • Evan Phillips

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Phillips has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation. He will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Renato Nunez

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Nunez missed the last due to a sore knee, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday versus the Blue Jays.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Wrist
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Iglesias has been held out of the past three games with a left wrist contusion, but it is expected that he will return to the fold Thursday versus the Red Sox.

  • Chris Davis

    Knee
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Davis has ended up on the 10-day injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis. He will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Shawn Armstrong

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Armstrong has landed on the 10-day injured list with left SI joint inflammation, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Quadricep
    Doub Fri | doubtful

    Iglesias is dealing with a sore left quad and sore right shin, and is unlikely to be in Friday's lineup versus the Rays.

  • Jose Iglesias

    Shin
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Iglesias departed the last game due to a left shin injury, but it is expected that he will play Thursday against the Rays.

Atlanta Braves

  • Chris Martin

    Groin
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Martin is nursing groin discomfort, leaving his availability for Game 1 of the NL wild-card round versus the Reds hazy.

  • Cole Hamels

    Shoulder
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Hamels has wound up on the 45-day injured list due to left shoulder fatigue, ending his season.

  • Austin Riley

    Quadricep
    Prob Wed | probable

    Riley is sidelined with a right quad injury, but he is likely to be ready for Game 1 of the NL wild-card round versus the Reds.

  • Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Wrist
    Prob Wed | probable

    Acuna Jr. is experiencing irritation in his left wrist, but he is projected to suit up against the Reds in Game 1 of the NC wild-card round.

  • Max Fried

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Fried is dealing with a left ankle injury, but he is expected to return to the mound against the Reds in Game 1 of the National League wild-card round.

  • Austin Riley

    Quadricep
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Riley was held out of the previous game with minor quad tightness, and it is uncertain if he will face the Red Sox on Friday.

  • Freddie Freeman

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Freeman is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Red Sox on Friday due to a day of rest.

  • Huascar Ynoa

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Ynoa is experiencing tightness in his lower back, but he is likely to make his next scheduled start Monday against the Marlins.

baltimore-orioles Stats 2020

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atlanta-braves Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB