Updates on rotation, Romero

Nothing earth-shattering to report from Houston, where lefty J.A. Happ is preparing to make his first start of the season. Manager Charlie Manuel said the Phillies would likely keep their rotation in  order through the off day on Tuesday, meaning Kyle Kendrick will get another start against the Nationals on Wednesday. Veteran lefty Jamie Moyer makes his 2010 debut tomorrow against the Astros, followed by Roy Halladay on Sunday. This means Halladay's home debut will come next Saturday against the Marlins.

The Phillies could start Happ on Wednesday and skip Kendrick, who is filling in for injured starter Joe Blanton. But Manuel said they would rather give everybody an extra day of rest. Skipping Kendrick at this point probably wouldn't help the Phillies' long-term plans -- at some point, they need to see how he does as a member of the rotation, and Blanton being on the disabled list provides them with that opportunity.


J.C. Romero had an impressive rehab outing against Class A Clearwater yesterday, throwing eight pitches in a perfect inning that included one strikeout. Afterward, he said he would have three more outings at Clearwater before heading "up North." He might have been referring to more advanced rehab starts at places like Lakewood, Reading and Lehigh Valley, rather than heading up North to join the active roster. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Romero was still more than three rehab outings away from returning, although nobody with the team has publicly outlined a plan for his return.


The Phillies are starting their regular line-up tonight:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Jayson Werth RF
  6. Raul Ibanez LF
  7. Shane Victorino CF
  8. Carlos Ruiz C
  9. J.A. Happ LHP.

Here's Houston's line-up:

  1. Michael Bourn CF
  2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
  3. Hunter Pence RF
  4. Carlos Lee LF
  5. Pedro Feliz 3B
  6. Geoff Blum 1B
  7. J.R. Towles C
  8. Tommy Manzella SS
  9. Bud Norris RHP