“We’ll have him come in, and we’ll see how things progress with all of our guys and how much we can get them stretched out,” Anthopoulos said. “We’ll see how long that takes with all our rotation candidates. But right now, in terms of our projections, he’s someone we plan to carry with us to start the year. Things can change over the course of a month, but right now we plan on being able to carry all these guys.”
The Braves signed Hamels to a one-year, $18 million deal this offseason. The Braves needed innings eaters, especially after letting Julio Teheran and Dallas Keuchel depart in free agency, and Hamels fit the bill despite recent oblique troubles that cost him time in two of the past three seasons.