Cubs' Hamels, out for July, starts vs. Brewers

The Chicago Cubs have activated left-hander Cole Hamels off the 10-day injured list to start Saturday's home game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hamels was placed on the IL on June 29 with a left oblique strain suffered against the Cincinnati Reds the previous day.

The 35-year-old is 6-3 this season with a 2.98 ERA in 99 2/3 innings. He has 97 strikeouts and 35 walks over 17 starts.

Hamels made two minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Iowa in preparation for his return, pitching a combined 5 1/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on four hits and six walks with six strikeouts.

In a corresponding move, right-hander Brad Brach was designated for assignment. Brach, 33, was 4-3 with a 6.13 ERA in 42 relief appearances this year.
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