Manager Jeff Banister said Hamels will start on Monday against the Mariners and pitch every fifth day for the rest of the season. That would put him in line to start the regular-season finale, Oct. 1, against the Angels. If the Rangers have a Wild Card spot clinched by then, Hamels would be pushed back to start the Wild Card Game on Oct. 3.
"He is our most experienced pitcher out there," Banister said. "His body of work speaks for itself."
Hamels and Miguel Gonzalez pitched in a doubleheader against the Braves on Wednesday. Gonzalez is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Mariners. A.J. Griffin will start Sunday against the Yankees.
Kela, Bush push closer
Keone Kela and Matt Bush both threw in the bullpen Friday and continue to progress toward being activated off the disabled list.
"I think Keone is closer than Bush," Banister said.
Kela has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with soreness in his right shoulder. If he comes through Friday's bullpen session without any issues, he could be activated by Sunday.
"We still have to see how he feels," pitching coach Doug Brocail said.
• The Rangers added another bat off the bench by calling up infielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Rua was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 29 and was required to stay down for 10 days even though Round Rock's season ended Monday. Texas has 33 players available on the active roster, including 12 relievers.
• Pitchers Dario Alvarez and Joely Rodriguez have cleared outright waivers and been assigned to the Triple-A roster.