Halladay, Kendrick poised to start doubleheader

Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies in one game of Wednesday's doubleheader. (Laurence Kesterson/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies will go with Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay in their doubleheader against the Marlins on Wednesday, the Phillies confirmed this morning.

The Phillies exact rotation for next week has not been announced, by lefty Cole Hamels will start on Tuesday. Barring a marathon game in which Kendrick is forced to pitch, he and Halladay will face the Marlins on Wednesday.

The Phillies will need a spot starter at some point after the doubleheader, unless they decide to go with Hamels on short rest, which the lefty has never done before. Whether they go with the spot starter against the Marlins on Thursday or in Seattle over the weekend remains to be seen, but righthander Vance Worley has pitched well in his last two starts in Lehigh Valley, where he is scheduled to start on Monday, which would line him up for a start in Seattle on Saturday.

Starting Worley in a big ballpark like Safeco Field against a poor offensive team like the Mariners would make a lot of sense. It would make the Phillies rotation look like this:

Tue. vs. Marlins - Cole Hamels

Wed. vs. Marlins - Kyle Kendrick/Roy Halladay

Thu. vs. Marlins - Cliff Lee

Fri. at Mariners - Roy Oswalt

Sat. at Mariners - Vance Worley

Sun. at Mariners - Cole Hamels

Assuming Worley continues to pitch well, it would make some sense to keep him in the rotation and send Kendrick back to the bullpen. The Phillies have found themselves in a handful of situations recently where they needed some length out of their relievers, and the club wants to keep Worley pitching every five days.

Joe Blanton played catch today for the first time since going on the disabled list, but he is still a question mark to return before the All-Star Break.

For a look at home the rotation could set up for the rest of the first half, here's a link to the projection we did earlier this month:

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