Major League Baseball suspended Cole Hamels for five games after he admitted to hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch on purpose. The discipline will cost Hamels financially but not affect the Phillies competitively.
Since the Phillies have a scheduled off day Thursday, they can manipulate their rotation so Hamels will not miss a start. Monday night’s Phillies starter, Roy Halladay, can pitch Saturday on regular rest and Hamels can return Sunday without the Phillies missing a beat.
In Philadelphia, Hamels did not respond to the suspension or to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo calling his plunking of Harper “gutless,” “classless” and “fake tough.” Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not respond to Rizzo, but he did mildly admonish Hamels.
“That’s part of the game,” Amaro said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb. “But as far as how the Phillies want to conduct themselves, we like to try to take the high road on things like this. By no means are we condoning trying to be injurious.”
MLB announced no discipline for Jordan Zimmermann. The Nationals starter hit Hamels with a pitch Sunday two innings after Hamels drilled Harper. The umpire issued warnings, but Zimmermann said afterward the pitch was not intentional.