Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Game 16: Mayberry gets first start

Finally, John Mayberry Jr. will start.

Game 16: Mayberry gets first start

John Mayberry Jr. will make his first start of the season tonight. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
John Mayberry Jr. will make his first start of the season tonight. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Finally, John Mayberry Jr. will start.

In the season's first 15 games, Mayberry has 10 plate appearances with four pinch-hits. Charlie Manuel has said he wants to get his bench players some at-bats and Mayberry is the last one to earn a start.

He'll play in right field and bat sixth, giving Ben Francisco a night off against lefthander Randy Wolf. Francisco is 2 for his last 18 and has gone 32 plate appearances without an extra-base hit.

Charlie Manuel strongly hinted that Mayberry will also play Wednesday. The Brewers will throw another lefthander in Chris Narveson, meaning it could be time for a day off for Raul Ibanez.

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Manuel said he stuck Mayberry in right field on Tuesday because Ibanez is 5 for 14 with three doubles and a home run against Wolf in his career.

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J.C. Romero says he expects to be ready to return to action once his disabled list stint is over. He said doctors performed an MRI and diagnosed him with a mild strain of the right calf.

Romero is eligible to come off May 4.

Mike Zagurski was the pitcher chosen to replace him not just because he's a lefty, Manuel said.

"Reports were he was throwing good," Manuel said. "His velocity on his fastball is up. They recommended him. Also being a lefty helped too."

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Roy Oswalt is good to go for his Thursday start. Rich Dubee reported no problems a day after Oswalt's bullpen session.

The matchups in San Diego are as follows:

Thursday: Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84)
Friday: Cole Hamels vs. LHP Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50)
Saturday: Joe Blanton vs. RHP Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27)
Sunday: Roy Halladay vs. RHP Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.83)

The Phillies will miss Aaron Harang, who has been the Padres' best starter in the season's first few weeks.

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Tuesday's lineup:

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. John Mayberry Jr. 9
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Roy Halladay 1


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