Cole Hamels taking mental vacation

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Cole Hamels had his next start pushed back two days. He’ll pitch Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Cole Hamels is taking a mental vacation.

The Phillies have pushed back the struggling pitcher’s next start two days. He’ll take the mound Thursday in Pittsburgh, instead of tomorrow. Hamels is 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA this season.

“See if we can’t get him back to feeling good about himself,” skipper Charlie Manuel said. “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.”

Manuel said the decision to rest Hamels came from pitching coach Rich Dubee. Hamels seemed a bit miffed about the move, but he understands it.

“I think they just want to make things a little more free and easy,” he said.

But don’t read too much into anything. All parties insist Hamels is 100-pecent healthy despite his recent struggles.

“He’s fine,” Manuel said. “As a matter of fact, he’s very fine.”



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