Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jonathan Pettibone will start again; early attendance woes

The Phillies never formally announced plans for Jonathan Pettibone, but he threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will indeed start Saturday in New York.

Jonathan Pettibone will start again; early attendance woes

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Jonathan Pettibone threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will indeed start Saturday in New York. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Jonathan Pettibone threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will indeed start Saturday in New York. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Immediately following Jonathan Pettibone's solid debut, Charlie Manuel was unwilling to label the 22-year-old righty a member of his rotation. The Phillies never formally announced plans for Pettibone, but he threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will indeed start Saturday in New York.

"It looks that way," Manuel said. "He did well. He pitched pretty well."

The fifth spot in the rotation will come under constant evaluation while John Lannan is sidelined by a knee injury. He could miss two months. Lefthander Adam Morgan, viewed as the pitcher at triple-A with the highest ceiling, allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday for the IronPigs. He threw 104 pitches.

ATTENDANCE DROPS. Tuesday's announced crowd of 31,002 was the smallest at Citizens Bank Park since April 3, 2008. But it was the third-highest figure across baseball on Tuesday. Crowds were bigger in Texas and San Francisco.

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The Phillies averaged 7,895 fewer fans per game in their first 12 home dates this season compared to last season's first 12. Only the Miami Marlins have suffered a larger per game decrease (10,588).

EXTRA BASES. Michael Young carried a 14-game hitting streak into Wednesday. In his previous 12 games he had exactly one hit, a single each time. That is the longest such streak in modern baseball history (since 1900). ...  Carlos Ruiz (suspension) played for single-A Clearwater on Wednesday. Delmon Young (ankle) will join triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.


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