You can bet Rich Dubee is glad that today's Earthquake did not alter his plans for the Phillies rotation. The pitching coach had already written down a slew of different combinations as he attempted to piece things back together after a bizarre week that included a rainout, an offday and three rain delays that knocked his starters out earlier than expected.
"I had a chance to laugh with those guys last night in the dugout," Dubee said. "But I've had about 15 different rotations set up. One guy with long rest and one guy with close to normal rest, and a guy comes and says, 'Man I'm feeling too good for that kind of rest.' Then change it around, and the next guys comes and says, 'I can't get that much rest.'"
In the end, the Phillies decided their best move was to move Cole Hamels' re-entry into the rotation from Friday to Monday, allowing them to pitch each of their other top starters with an extra day of rest while also placing Hamels on the disabled list in order to promote utilty man Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Orr presence will help offset the absence of Raul Ibanez, who is battling soreness in his groin that is expected to sideline him for at least a couple of days.
Roy Oswalt will start against the Marlins on Friday, followed by Roy Halladay on Saturday and Cliff Lee on Sunday. Hamels threw a bullpen session yesterday that Dubee called "absolutely fabulous."