MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- If you're in the greater Clearwater area on Thursday, it might be worth a trip to Bright House Field for some Florida State League action.
Roy Oswalt will pitch a minor-league rehab game Thursday, destination to be announced by the Phillies, but almost certainly Clearwater. Why? Well, it's nearby and also likely that Oswalt's normal catcher, Carlos Ruiz, will be playing for the Threshers that night.
And if that's not enough, maybe Chase Utley will be ready for affiliated action by then. Even if he isn't, you could catch him in an extended spring training game.
Oswalt will throw another bullpen session Tuesday after a successful one Sunday. Pitching coach Rich Dubee is encouraged enough that Oswalt could make his next start in St. Louis a week from tomorrow in the last game of this road trip.
The Phillies are so confident that they've moved Cole Hamels up in the rotation to pitch Friday and will skip the fifth spot with Thursday's off day allowing everyone to pitch on regular rest -- provided Oswalt comes back, of course.
Utley played another extended spring training game and went 1 for 7 with two strikeouts. He played only four innings in the field and that is the best indication that this is a slow process. Even with a day of rest in between games, he played the same amount of innings in the field.
No word from the team on whether he'll go back-to-back days and play Tuesday.
There's kind of a good pitching matchup set for Tuesday. Maybe you've heard about it. Well, read some interesting tidbits about Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson in Tuesday's Inquirer.
Ross Gload (Hey, he's still around!) will start for just the second time this season. Both have come against Javy Vazquez.
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Ross Gload 9
7. Pete Orr 4
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Joe Blanton 1
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