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Hamels pushed back to Tuesday with flu

Hamels pushed back to Tuesday with flu

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ace Cole Hamels has the flu and will have his next start pushed back to Tuesday against the Blue Jays, manager Ryne Sandberg announced on Saturday. Roberto Hernandez will start in place of Hamels on Sunday against the Nationals.

Hamels was at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday afternoon and will get fluids overnight. Sandberg remains confident the left-hander will be well enough to start Tuesday.

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

Hernandez was scheduled to start on Tuesday after being skipped in the rotation this week. The right-hander hasn't started since April 25. Hernandez has since been in the bullpen and made a relief appearance against the Mets on April 29. Sandberg said Hernandez is still stretched out to start, though.

"He's 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."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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