Lee a bullpen option for Game 4

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ST. LOUIS — No matter what happens in Game 3, the Phillies are likely to have an extra weapon from the bullpen for Game 4.

Cliff Lee's scheduled throw day is Wednesday and instead of doing it in the bullpen hours before the game, the Phillies will leave the door open for him to pitch in relief.

"That's an option for us," Charlie Manuel said.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee also confirmed Lee was in play.

"Could be," Dubee said. "We'll see."

The last time Lee pitched in relief was 2007. He's done it only four times in his career. But the Phillies have shown a willingness to use starters out of the bullpen on their normal throw day. Roy Oswalt did it during the 2010 National League Championship Series.

The Phillies will start Oswalt in Game 4 win or lose Tuesday, Manuel said. Roy Halladay could pitch on short rest, but the Phillies would rather save him for a possible Game 5 on regular rest.

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