Cole Hamels took another step forward Saturday with his second bullpen session of the spring.

"Everything felt really good," he said at Bright House Field. "My pitches are really coming along. I'm really able to execute down in the zone. I know that's something Bob [McClure, pitching coach] preaches to everybody. I know I'm pretty good at doing that, so to get into my second bullpen and execute down in the zone, correct pitches within a pitch, having the control, it feels great."

Hamels, who has felt discomfort in his left shoulder, said he expects to face hitters in a live batting-practice session next week.