Cole Hamels will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the Washington Nationals. The lefty has been battling the flu, the team said.
Hamels was still at the ballpark and in uniform shortly before game, but the team said he was sent home. With Hamels out for Sunday, Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.74) will take his spot in the rotation. The Phillies have some flexibility with the rotation because of a pair of off-days and a rain-out this week. That allowed manager Ryne Sandberg to bring back Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett just two games after their previous starts.
Hamels would have done the same thing if he had been able to pitch Sunday. However, he’ll return to the mound on Tuesday against Toronto. Actually, Hamels should be chomping at the bit to get back out there after falling to 0-2 in a 6-1 loss to the Mets, when he allowed six runs on eight hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings.
That was just second start of the season for Hamels, who was delayed by some arm issues in spring training.
Hamels is the second notable Phillie to miss a game because of the flu this season. Chase Utley was out sick for two games in early April.