Cole Hamels to return vs. Dodgers

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels is expected to make his season debut Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Hamels wasn't ready for the start of the season after feeling discomfort in his pitching arm in November. The left-hander was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis.

"We'll fit him in there in L.A.," manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters before Friday's game against Colorado. "We're still discussing it, but as we speak we're leaning toward Wednesday."

Sandberg indicated to reporters that he wanted to split up Cliff Lee and Hamels around right-hander A.J. Burnett. Lee is slated to start Monday against the Dodgers.

Hamels started Thursday for Class-A Clearwater, allowing one run over seven innings.  He walked one, struck out three and threw 81 pitches.