Top 10 MLB players benefiting from coronavirus layoff, ranked

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Top 10 MLB players benefiting from hiatus

Cole Hamels (Career: 51.6 fWAR | 59.6 bWAR)

This offseason, Cole Hamels received a generous 1-year contract from the Atlanta Braves. This would mark Hamels’ return to the NL East, the place he won a World Series MVP as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Then, it was announced in early February that the veteran lefty had “irritated” his shoulder in offseason workouts, followed by news that he wouldn’t be ready for opening day.

The most recent reports, a tweet by Braves reporter for The Athletic David O’Brien has it that Hamels hasn’t resumed throwing and there was “no timetable for his return.”

However, given the current hiatus, Hamels will have plenty of time to resume throwing and get ready for the start of the season — whenever that will be. What’s more, the fact that this season will likely be shortened could mean that he won’t have to put too much strain on his arm, making him potentially dangerous come the postseason.

In what could be the 36-year-old veteran lefty’s final big league season, you don’t want to see him walk away limping. Given the opportunity to go out on top, he’ll likely chomp at the bit.