CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Dusty Wathan must feel like the most blessed manager in the history of the Florida State League. He'll field a Clearwater Threshers lineup tonight against the Palm Beach Cardinals that includes Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt. The game is so compelling (I guess?) that it will be televised back home to the entire Delaware Valley.
It's also Thirsty Thursday at Bright House Field, so all drinks are 2-for-1.
Not bad at all.
Oswalt will start, and he said earlier in the week that he has a 75-pitch limit. If all goes well, he could slot right into the Phillies rotation on regular rest for Tuesday's finale against St. Louis. It seems his primary concern is no longer the sore back that ailed him before, rather shaking off some of the rust that has accumulated from not pitching since April 26.
This is Ruiz's first affilliated rehab game after spending two days in extended spring training. The Phillies expect to activate him for Friday's opener in Atlanta. (The likely corresponding move will be to place Brian Schneider on the DL.)
Utley will play the field in an official rehab game for the first time. He was the designated hitter in Tuesday's game before taking Wednesday off. It'll be interesting to see how many innings he can go and if there are any strenuous plays near the bag.
Utley and Ruiz will face Joe Kelly, a 22-year-old righthander and former third round pick of the Cardinals. He has a 3.62 ERA and 26 strikeouts against nine walks in 27 1/3 innings.
The lineup, if you're really curious about these sort of things:
1. Jiwan James 8
2. Chase Utley 4
3. Carlos Ruiz 2
4. Darin Ruf 3
5. Jonathan Singleton 7
6. Joe Savery 0
7. Leandro Castro 9
8. Jeremy Barnes 5
9. Troy Hanzawa 6
Pitching: Roy Oswalt
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