CLEARWATER — Phillies LHP Cole Hamels is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday to test his tired arm.
Hamels had a throwing session canceled last week because of arm fatigue and has not pitched this spring. He announced the day before camp opened that he was dealing with shoulder tendinitis and labored through a bullpen session two Saturdays ago.
"After 35 pitches, my body felt like I had thrown 1,000," Hamels said last week of that session.
Hamels will open the season on the 15-day disabled list and isn't expected to pitch in the majors until May.
Several pitchers are battling to fill Hamels' spot in the rotation, including veterans Jeff Manship and Sean O'Sullivan and first-year Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
GAME DETAILS: LHP Cliff Lee served up a home run to Braves OF Jason Heyward to begin his third outing of the spring but was mostly encouraged with his start. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking one in 32/3 innings in the Phillies' 8-1 loss. "For the most part I was throwing strikes and working ahead and making them swing the bat," Lee said.
Jays: No letting up
The Canadian junior baseball team will be tested by the Blue Jays today, and it can't wait.
Unlike many major-league teams who face the juniors during spring training, Toronto intends to play several big-leaguers in the 1:05 p.m. game at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. Canadian 3B Brett Lawrie, 1B Adam Lind and INF Munenori Kawasaki are scheduled to be in the lineup, and RHPs Brandon Morrow and Steve Delabar are set to pitch.
"That's truly a split squad. They're all big-league camp guys," Greg Hamilton, head coach of the juniors and Baseball Canada's director of national teams, told the Canadian Press. "The other clubs that we're playing, they wouldn't be all big-league camp guys."
Yanks: Farm falters
TAMPA — The Yankees are hoping for a bounceback year from their farm system.
"With some underperformance and some injuries, it wasn't a particularly good year," Mark Newman, the Yankees' senior vice president of baseball operations, acknowledged to mlb.com. "Those injuries at Double and Triple A, if we get through that stuff, we'll be okay."
OFs Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin, both among New York's top prospects, suffered through injury-marred campaigns. Heathcott sat out the last 40 games with patellar tendinitis, and Austin battled a recurring thumb problem.
"We still think they're talented," Newman told the website. "Those performances can turn around easily. We had an unhappy convergence of some of that stuff. We'll see how it goes."