Monday, February 8, 2016

Kendrick to start Saturday

WASHINGTON -- A few hours before Tuesday's game against the Nationals, Charlie Manuel said he had not decided upon a starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.

Kendrick to start Saturday

Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday´s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)
Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)

WASHINGTON -- A few hours before Tuesday's game against the Nationals, Charlie Manuel said he had not decided upon a starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.

"It's not like we're trying to hide, sneak or fool somebody," Manuel said.

About 15 minutes later, Rich Dubee revealed those state secrets: Kyle Kendrick will start.

It makes sense, given the schedule. The Phillies would need a fifth starter a week from today. So why not use the off day to provide everyone else with an extra day of rest?

More coverage
High Cheese: Setting the Phils' rotation
The Phillies Zone: Polanco leads 3B in All-star voting
High Cheese: Phillies recall Zagurski
Follow the Phillies with our iPad app
Play: $100K Fantasy Baseball
If Chase Utley is elected to the NL all-star team, should he play in the game?

"Cliff Lee threw 122 pitches in the heat the other day," Dubee said. "Doc has been going deep into games. Hamels has been going deep into games. We're going to take advantage of the off day."

The Phillies expect Kendrick to be able to throw around 65 pitches. The obvious question, then becomes: What's the advantage of pitching Kendrick, who is not stretched out, when the problem cited with Vance Worley was his lack of stamina?

"The advantage is we need to get Vance Worley going right again," Dubee said. "This is probably more for Vance than anything. Personally, I think he kind of got messed up when we put him in the bullpen for that little period there. He was going pretty good and then he went to the bullpen and lost his edge, his stamina, his endurance."

That makes the matchups at PNC Park look like this:

Friday: Cole Hamels vs. Jeff Karstens
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick vs. Charlie Morton
Sunday: Roy Halladay vs. James McDonald


Brad Lidge threw in another extended spring training game. He pitched an inning without issue but he was clocked at 87 m.p.h., Dubee said, leaving the obvious unstated: It's still going to be a while before Lidge can return.

The erstwhile closer is scheduled to pitch again Friday and that could come with single-A Clearwater.

"It's going to take a while," Dubee said. "He's in a spring training stage."

Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter