Friday, July 25, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Rotation decisions: Happ in, for now at least

The addition of Cliff Lee and impending arrival of Pedro Martinez (he makes his second rehabilitation start tomorrow in Lehigh Valley, and may need one more minor league appearance after that) creates a logjam in the rotation, of course. For at least one more start, J.A. Happ will remain one of the five.

Rotation decisions: Happ in, for now at least

Cliff Lee donned a Phillies uniform for the first time tonight in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Cliff Lee donned a Phillies uniform for the first time tonight in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The addition of Cliff Lee and impending arrival of Pedro Martinez (he makes his second rehabilitation start tomorrow in Lehigh Valley, and may need one more minor league appearance after that) creates a logjam in the rotation, of course. For at least one more start, J.A. Happ will remain one of the five.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said that after Lee starts tomorrow, Joe Blanton will pitch Saturday and Cole Hamels Sunday. Following Monday’s off-day, Jamie Moyer will pitch Tuesday and Happ Wednesday. The team would not commit to a rotation beyond that point.

Rodrigo Lopez’s start tonight is likely his final one for the Phils, barring injury or a change in plans. The team could conceivably retain him as a reliever.

What do you think they should do?

More coverage
 
Stats: Cliff Lee
 
Photos: Cliff Lee
 
Follow the game online
 
Rotation decisons loom
 
Projected playoff rotations: Whose is the scariest?
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb and columnist Bob Brookover.

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected