Recently, the Texas Rangers' starting pitcher Cole Hamels expressed his discomfort to the idea that his team is willing to use a 6-man rotation over the course of next season, saying that those kind of ideas are not part of baseball.
Cole Hamels on the idea of a six-man rotation: “it’s not part of baseball”.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) 3 de marzo de 2018
Made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he is not a fan of the idea.
Despite this, team manager Jeff Banister announced that, in fact, they will be using an extended rotation throughout the next campaign, as reported by Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram. However, according to Wilson, this 6-man rotation will not affect rotation's top pitcher's schedules.
Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, and Matt Moore probably will pitch on a normal rest, and the other three pitchers will work on measured workloads.
"Mike Minor and Matt Bush are two guys that they're working on a little different rest period right now We've got a ways to go. It's pretty fluid right now.
It is unclear who will fill the sixth spot in the rotation, as Jesse Chavez and Martin Perez are two viable candidates, plus the veteran Bartolo Colon, who can be considered if he breaks out during Spring Training.