PHOENIX -- The way Cole Hamels sees it, he's throwing anyway Tuesday, so why not let him pitch in the All-Star Game?
"I need to find a catcher," Hamels quipped. "Maybe I'll get [Braves catcher Brian] McCann."
That's because Hamels will throw a side bullpen session at Chase Field sometime before the 82d All-Star Game, an event he is prohibited from participating in. Why? He started Sunday and that immediately meant he needed to be replaced on the National League roster. The rule was put in place by Major League Baseball last season.
Hamels is not a fan.
Cole Hamels wants to pitch in the All-Star Game. Is the rule that keeps Sunday pitchers from playing fair?
"I'd love to pitch," Hamels said. "Tuesday is a bullpen day. It's usually the day I feel the best. It's one of those things where people who don't play the game make the rules. I don't think they understand the way we work out and how we train. When you come you want to play. Most of us are pretty smart; we're not going to injure ourselves in an All-Star Game.
"I'd be all for it. I have to throw a bullpen anyway. And it's only one inning. That's the thing. It's not like I'm going out to throw 60 pitches. As strenuous as it is, we're built to throw hundred and 25 is nothing."
Hamels has a makeshift solution for this year.
"I think I'm going to throw Doc's jersey on," he said. "Actually, I'll wear Cliff's since he's the lefty."
Hamels will start Saturday in New York. Vance Worley will pitch the first game after the break and Cliff Lee is expected to start the series finale Sunday.
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