Hamels could be back in Rangers rotation by next week

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels could be back in the Texas Rangers rotation as early as next week.

Hamels threw 81 pitches over 5 2/3 innings in his second injury rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. His next start could come for the Rangers in Cleveland next week.

The earliest the veteran left-hander would start for the Rangers would be Monday, which would be exactly two months since his last start in the majors. He has been out since sustaining a right oblique strain while warming up and being a last-second scratch before his scheduled start May 2 at Houston.

Hamels allowed two hits and one run while striking out five and walking two against Midland.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister says Hamels was free and easy, and healthy.

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