A Mental Break for Hamels?
He had been scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but Charlie Manuel said they hope two extra days of rest can help.
“It’s like how I rested (Ryan) Howard,” said Manuel, who benched Howard on last night and tonight at Dodger Stadium. “See if that won’t help him some. See if we can’t get him back to feeling good about himself. He benefits just by clearing his head a little bit and resting. We’ll give him a blow, mentally and physically. Mental has a lot to do with it.”
Hamels sounded very surprised to hear one of the reasons Manuel cited is a mental break.
“I don’t know what he talking about – mental. That’s Charlie,” Hamels said with a chuckle. “I think it’s just because I’ve been going every five days and travelling a lot. Sometimes you get the stressful innings and the physical toll just kind of adds up. I think they just want to make things a little more free and easy.”
Hamels is 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA. He is the first Phillies pitcher to lose 11 games before July 1 since Claude Passeau and Wayne LeMaster in 1937. But he said a mental break doesn’t sense because he is not an everyday player and already gets a four-day break between starts.
“I could understand if I played every day,” Hamels said. “Physically, it just allows me to get an extra bullpen (session) in.”
Both Hamels and Manuel said the pitcher is healthy.
“Totally healthy,” Manuel said. “There is definitely nothing wrong with him. He’s fine. As a matter of fact, he’s very fine.”