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NYM@PHI: Sandberg discusses Hamels' start

Drew Hutchison will look for his second win of the season when he gets the start against the Phillies Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. Despite pitching well through all but one of six starts, Hutchison (1-2) hasn't won since his first outing of the season at Tampa Bay.

Through 33 innings pitched, Hutchison, who spent 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery, hasn't had any trouble missing bats. His 10.36 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fourth among American League pitchers. But getting wins has proven elusive.

The 23-year-old is coming off a loss against the Royals on Wednesday in which he allowed four runs on five hits and one walk through seven innings of work. It was Hutchison's longest outing of the season, but he failed to execute at a crucial juncture of the game, giving up a tie-breaking, game-winning two-run double to Alcides Escobar in the seventh.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I didn't execute when we needed it," Hutchison said. "I got ahead of [Escobar], and thought I made a good pitch. It's a situation where I expect to thrive and get the job done and I didn't."

Cole Hamels will start for Philadelphia after the Phillies skipped his turn in the rotation Sunday against the Nationals.

Hamels picked up the flu Saturday, which forced the Phillies to pitch Roberto Hernandez a couple days earlier than expected. It worked out well, with Hernandez throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings. The Phillies are hoping Hamels bounces back after allowing eight hits, six runs, five walks and striking out three in 4 2/3 innings on April 29 against the Mets.

Following that loss, Mets manager Terry Collins said he expected Hamels to find his form once he gets a few more starts under his belt.

"I've never seen Cole that erratic, and I'm sure a lot of it was the conditions, and it being early in the year because he missed so much Spring Training," Collins said. "But he'll be fine, I'm sure."

It was cold and raining that night, and Hamels had problems finding a grip on the ball. The weather should be much better Tuesday, so the Phillies are hoping for an improved performance against the Blue Jays.

Phillies: Rollins tweaks right groin
Jimmy Rollins said he hopes to return to the Phillies lineup Tuesday.

He did not start Monday after tweaking his right groin in the fifth inning of Sunday's victory over the Nationals. Rollins said he could have started, if needed.

With the season a little more than a month old, he said not playing Monday reduced "any chance of me trying to do something crazy."

In other words, there is a lot of baseball to play. A day of rest Monday could help him in the long run.

Blue Jays: Navarro could return Wednesday
Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.

Navarro has been day to day with a sore right quadriceps muscle, an injury he sustained while running the bases during Thursday night's game in Kansas City. The injury was never considered serious.

Navarro, acquired by the Blue Jays in the offseason, said prior to Monday's game that he felt he'd be ready to return Wednesday.

"Yeah, that's what we're thinking. I can squat, I can do everything, my biggest concern is running. I'm not that fast, but I have to run and do stuff. That's my biggest concern," he said.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter had a pinch-hit RBI single on Sunday against the Pirates.

Worth noting
• Phillies right-hander Ethan Martin began a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Clearwater. He has been on the disabled list since Spring Training with right shoulder inflammation. Martin will be working exclusively out of the bullpen.

• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his ninth consecutive save Sunday. It was his second save in a 1-0 game this season. Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour and St. Louis' Trevor Rosenthal are the only other closers to have two saves in 1-0 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista didn't have a hit in Monday's game, but he was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning. He has reached base in all of Toronto's 32 games this season, which is the longest streak to start the year since Cincinnati's Joey Votto did it for 33 games in 2011. Comments