Sunday, February 14, 2016

Signed and sealed, Martinez placed on DL; When might he face Mets?

I know what you are thinking - that didn't take long.

Signed and sealed, Martinez placed on DL; When might he face Mets?


I know what you are thinking - that didn't take long.

But the Phillies' decision to place Pedro Martinez on the disabled list this morning was an expected one, seeing as though he will need at least two minor league starts before he is ready to join the team's rotation. Martinez's starts - which, I am sure, have the ticket managers at a Phillies minor league affiliate near you salivating - will be "rehab starts," and he will not take up a roster spot until he is activated, which likely won't come until August.

There is a news conference at 12 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Just for fun, here's a look at how the Phillies rotation could look through August. We'll be able to let you know the Phils exact plans for Martinez in a couple hours here. For now, I'll guess that they have him throw a side at Citizens Bank Park today, then send him to Clearwater while the team is visiting the Marlins. Martinez would then pitch in either a simulated game or a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday, then will pitch in another minor league game on July 25 or July 26. Then I would guess that he'd pitch in Lehigh Valley on July 31, before the Phillies unveil him on Aug. 6 against Colorado at home.

According to this plan, Martinez would get his first crack at the Mets on Aug. 23 at Citi Field.

16 - Moyer at FLA
17 - Hamels at FLA
18 - Blanton at FLA
19 - Happ at FLA
20 - Lopez vs. Cubs
21 - Moyer vs Cubs
22 - Hamels vs Cubs
23 - Blanton vs Padres
24 - Happ vs. Cards
25 - Lopez vs. Cards
26 - Moyer vs. Cards
27 - Hamels at ARI
28 - Blanton at ARI
29 - Happ at ARI
30 - Lopez at SF
31 - Moyer at SF
1  - Hamels at SF
2  - Blanton at SF
3  - OFF
4  - Happ vs. COL
5  - Moyer vs. COL
6  - Martinez vs. COL
7 -  Hamels vs. FLA
8  - Blanton vs FLA
9 -  Happ vs. FLA
10 - OFF
11 - Moyer at Cubs
12 - Martinez at Cubs
13 - Hamels at Cubs
14 - Blanton at Braves
15 - Happ at Braves
16 - Moyer at Braves
17 - OFF
18 - Martinez vs ARI
19 - Hamels vs. ARI
20 - Blanton s. ARI
21 - Happ at NYM
22 - Moyer at NYM
23 - Martinez at NYM
24 - Hamels at NYM
25 - Blanton at PIT
26 - Happ at PIT
27 - Moyer at PIT
28 - Martinez vs ATL
29 - Hamels vs. ATL
30 - Blanton vs. ATL
31 - OFF


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