Another chapter to the Cole Hamels spring-training saga will be written Wednesday.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters Monday afternoon that his lefty ace is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Hamels' live throwing session last Friday was canceled because of a "fatigued arm." The 30-year-old said he needed to "step back and start over."
Well, maybe this is step one in starting over, but it seems like every step will be an unknown.
We'll have to wait and see until Wednesday if the Phils' all-important arm has some more life to it.
Lee on track, Howard hits fifth
The Phillies lost another spring game on Monday, 8-1, to the Braves.
A couple things to note:
• Cliff Lee struck out five in 3 2/3 innings of two-run ball. For all the club's starting pitching woes, Lee looks just fine and on schedule. That's a relief for fans.
• Ryan Howard hit fifth and went 0 for 2 with a walk, as Marlon Byrd batted cleanup. Sandberg told reporters he wanted to "split up the left-handed bats" of Chase Utley and Howard, and that it was "something to try in spring training … it gives us another look."
Spring is the time to experiment and it looks like that's exactly what Sandberg is doing.
David Buchanan starts Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as the Phillies take on the Braves.