Saturday, February 13, 2016

Phils shake up lineup for tonight's game; Oswalt off DL

ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have shaken up their lineup for Monday night's game against the Cardinals.

Phils shake up lineup for tonight's game; Oswalt off DL

Wilson Valdez will play third base and bat second against the Cardinals tonight. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Wilson Valdez will play third base and bat second against the Cardinals tonight. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have shaken up their lineup for Monday night's game against the Cardinals.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Wilson Valdez, 3B (Placido Polanco said he is not injured, he is just getting a day off.)

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3. Raul Ibanez, LF

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. John Mayberry, CF

6. Ben Francisco, RF

7. Pete Orr, 2B

8. Carlos Ruiz, C

9. Cliff Lee, P

Also, Roy Oswalt has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today, and will start Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals.

Oswalt was originally placed on the DL on May 6, retroactive to April 27, with lower back inflammation. He made one rehabilitation start with Class A Clearwater on May 12, allowing three earned runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings, while striking out five. In five starts with the Phillies this season, he is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA.

Oswalt admitted tonight that he’ll probably need a couple more starts to build his arm strength back up after missing 3 weeks with lower-back inflammation and being away from the team while helping his family in Mississippi clean up after tornado damage.

Which begs the question of why he’ll pitch against the Cardinals tomorrow night instead of making at least one more rehab appearance.

Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Oswalt is healthy. Case closed.

“I’d rather have him start here than there,” the general manager declared. “Why? He’s healthy. And he’s a professional. “If he said he was not feeling healthy enough to pitch, then we would not pitch him,” Amaro continued. “We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully he’ll be fine. I asked him if he felt okay to pitch, he said fine, so he’s pitching.”

Oswalt agreed that he’s physically fit but added a disclaimer. “It should be interesting,” he said. “The biggest thing is just getting my arm strength going again. You’ve got to build your arm strength when you haven’t thrown in awhile. It may take a start or two to get going.”

It should be fascinating to watch.

In other news tonight: Righthander Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13 in four appearances, two of them starts, was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for Oswalt. . .Chase Utley will make his second straight start at Class A Clearwater tonight, but Ruben Amaro said he still needs at bats before the team will consider activating him. . .Shane Victorino (right hamstring) was out of the lineup for the second straight game, but is getting closer to being ready.

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