With a 2-11 record and a 4.58 ERA, I’m happy to hear that the Phillies are giving Cole Hamels a breather. It’s hard to watch the ace continually struggle.
Charlie Manuel said,
We just want to give him a blow and see if it won’t help him some, see if it can get him feeling good about himself. He might benefit by clearing his head. He’s totally healthy. He’s fine. As a matter of fact, he’s very fine.
Pitching coach, Rich Dubee, said,
We just want to give him a little breath of fresh air, let him get away from it, relieve his mind and let him relax some. It’s like a hitter in a slump. You give him a couple of days to not think about it. Instead of four days between starts he’s getting six. I don’t know if he was receptive, but he accepted it. We didn’t have a big knock-down, drag-out fight about it. When you break down all the starts, it doesn’t matter. He’ll have the same number of starts before the all-star break.
Hamels was scheduled to pitch this upcoming Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but will now make the start on Thursday against the Pirates. Hopefully taking this rest will help Hamels get back on track and back into his ace-form.