Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hamels next start pushed back to Tuesday due to flu

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
May 3, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
@Philabaseball

Cole Hamels is suffering from the flu and will have his next start pushed back to Tuesday against the Blue Jays, manager Ryne Sandberg announced on Saturday.

Hamels was scheduled to pitch Sunday against Washington, but Roberto Hernandez will start in his place.

Hernandez was skipped in the rotation earlier this week and hasn't started since April 25. Sandberg said Hernandez is still stretched out and should be able to give the club some innings on Sunday.

"That's what we're planning on right now," Sandberg said.

Hernandez last pitched on Tuesday, notching a strikeout in a relief appearance against the Mets.

"[Hernandez] is prepped to go," Sandberg said. "We were staying away from him just knowing how Cole was feeling. We wanted to see how [Hamels] was today, but we stayed away from [Hernandez] last night. He's all good to go."

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