Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for five games. Hamels is being suspended for intentionally hitting Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in a Sunday night win. The suspension translates to one missed turn in the rotation for Hamels.
BREAKING: Phillies LHP Cole Hamels suspended 5 games and fined for intentionally throwing at Nationals OF Bryce Harper.— MLB (@MLB) May 7, 2012
Hamels might not even miss a start, thanks to an off day on Thursday. Matt Gelb from the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out that if Hamels started his suspension on Monday, Roy Halladay could pitch Saturday on regular rest.
The Phillies will not appeal the suspension, according to Howard Eskin of 94 WIP radio in Philadelphia.
The incident happened in the first inning of Sunday's game. Hamels beaned Harper on the first pitch of his at bat. The pitcher later copped to the intentional hit, but the reasons for it remain vague. Harper stole home after getting on base thanks to Hamels.