"[Howard's] played a number of games in a row and had a real good approach against a right-handed pitcher last night," Sandberg said before Tuesday night's game. "Then we have four right-handed pitchers in a row after that with another lefty the fifth day. And after a big game like that, a good game, sometimes that's a good time to give a guy a break and make it a positive and let him build on that against the right-handed pitching that's coming up after tonight's game."
The Phillies' lineup is still searching for consistency -- over their past 17 home games, they have been held to one run three times and been shut out six times -- and Sandberg is open to experimenting with platoons.
"If it happens to work and if it produces, that becomes an opportunity and a possibility going forward," Sandberg said. "Just to possibly get some consistency with the offense against right-handed and left-handed pitching."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.