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Happ and Taschner likely to win bullpen jobs

J.A. Happ is scheduled to pitch in relief today against the Yankees in Tampa (Kyle Drabek earned the start because the team was impressed by his effort this spring). Now that Happ will not be the fifth starter, Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the 26-year-old lefty will compete with LHP Jack Taschner and RHP Gary Majewski and Bobby Mosebach for two bullpen jobs.

Happ and Taschner likely to win bullpen jobs

J.A. Happ is scheduled to pitch in relief today against the Yankees in Tampa (Kyle Drabek earned the start because the team was impressed by his effort this spring).  Now that Happ will not be the fifth starter, Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the 26-year-old lefty will compete with LHP Jack Taschner and RHP Gary Majewski and Bobby Mosebach for two bullpen jobs.

This morning, an official from another team who is familiar with the Phillies' plan told the Inquirer that, barring any unforeseen developments, the team will likely open the season with Happ in the big-league bullpen.  The same source said that the Phils would award the other relief job to Taschner. That would send Majewski to Triple-A and result in Rule 5 draft choice Bobby Mosebach being offered back to the Angels, per major league rules.

Last night, Rich Dubee did not commit to this, but spoke of Happ being able to pitch both long relief and the sixth and seventh innings, perhaps spelling Chad Durbin when Durbin needs a rest.

It should be noted, of course, that although this was the Phillies' thinking as of this morning, plans can always change.

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