Phillies Notes: Sandberg meets with Hamels after perceived slight

Members of the Taney Dragons Little League team play catch with Phillies Jonathan Papelbon and John Mayberry Jr. before the game, when they were honored. Earlier, the city threw the Taney team a parade: A1, B1.
Members of the Taney Dragons Little League team play catch with Phillies Jonathan Papelbon and John Mayberry Jr. before the game, when they were honored. Earlier, the city threw the Taney team a parade: A1, B1. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: August 29, 2014

For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward.

On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk.

"It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal."

This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming. Sandberg, before this incident, met with Kyle Kendrick, Domonic Brown, and David Buchanan to mitigate public disagreements. (All of them stemmed from defensible decisions made by Sandberg.) But Hamels is the highest-paid athlete in Philadelphia sports history, and his opinion carries weight with team officials.

When asked if he believes his handle on the clubhouse is fine, Sandberg said: "Yes." He does not view a festering issue.

"I just deal with it and have conversations," he said.

Sandberg was considerate in even allowing Hamels to bat in the seventh inning after Washington solved him for two runs in the top half. Hamels, who for years has handled similar situations with more tact, declined to answer why he was angered. He then cut short an interview when the question was repeated.

"He was upset with what had happened in the seventh inning, and he was upset with the leadoff home run [in the eighth] when he had a chance to go deep in that game," Sandberg said. "But he knew that he was in there for an at-bat-at-a-time style of situation. And the home run erased that possibility."

Papelbon's milestone

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 100th save with the Phillies Tuesday, which tied him with Brad Lidge for fourth place on the franchise's list of all-time leaders. He is 13 from breaking Jose Mesa's franchise record of 112.

Papelbon has finished 43 games in 2014. His $13 million option for 2016 will vest with 55 games finished next season or 100 games finished over 2014-15.

Extra bases

John Mayberry Jr. (left- wrist inflammation) will resume his rehab Thursday at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will be activated Monday when rosters expand. . . . Mike Adams (right-shoulder soreness) pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday for Lehigh Valley. He will pitch again Friday.

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