Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Game 72: Gload's first start in 30 days

SEATTLE -- Ross Gload and his fraying hip live.

Game 72: Gload's first start in 30 days

Ross Gload will be the Phillies´ designated hitter Saturday night in Seattle. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Ross Gload will be the Phillies' designated hitter Saturday night in Seattle. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

SEATTLE -- Ross Gload and his fraying hip live.

Gload will start a game for the first time in 30 days. He's Charlie Manuel's designated hitter against reigning American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

The 35-year-old pinch-hitter has been limited by a torn muscle in his hip. He is hitting .286 and leads the majors with nine pinch-hits. But he has yet to have a hit for extra bases.

Manuel was asked Friday if Gload could play a whole game and he said the only limitation would be Gload's ability on the bases.

"He can go base to base," Manuel said. "I don't think he could score from first on a double."

Gload is 2 for 9 lifetime against King Felix, one of three Phillies hitters to have ever faced him. Placido Polanco is 7 for 18 (.389) in his career.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Placido Polanco 5
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Ross Gload 0
8. Domonic Brown 9
9. Carlos Ruiz 2

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