Charlie Manuel: Cole Hamels should have kept his mouth shut

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Philadelphia Inquirer writers Bob Brookover and Matt Gelb were in the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon and got the general feeling that teammates were fine with Cole Hamels’ actions last night, but not so much that he talked about it afterwards.

Manager Charlie Manuel said as much prior to Monday’s game.

“He could have been a little more discreet about it,” Manuel said. “He could have been a little less honest.”

Hamels got a five-game suspension after admitting to hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch in the first inning Sunday. It’s highly unlikely that there would have been any penalty had he chosen not to talk about it.

“You cannot be honest,” reliever Chad Qualls said. “You cannot be honest.”