Cole Hamels threw 35 pitches in his first rehab start since being placed on the injured list in late June.
Cole Hamels threw 35 pitches in his first rehab start since being placed on the injured list in late June.

WATCH: Cole Hamels makes rehab start in Triple-A


by - Senior Writer -

SAN ANTONIO — Marking a notable milestone in his road to recovery from a left-oblique strain, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels took part in his first rehab start on Tuesday night, which occurred approximately 3 1/2 weeks after he suffered the injury. Throwing 35 pitches in a condensed start for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, Hamels fared well.

Coming into the game, Hamels knew that he was going to be limited to approximately 40 pitches, and he made the most of them. Pitching 2 1/3 innings, Hamels struck out two and gave up three walks and one hit for a no-decision in Iowa's 4-3 loss to the San Antonio Missions at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium. Hamels Is likely to make one or two more minor-league appearances before being activated by the Cubs.

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