CLEARWATER, Fla. — With Roy Halladay bumped to a minor-league game Saturday, the Phillies needed a Friday starter for the Grapefruit League game against Atlanta at Bright House Field. They decided to summon lefthanded prospect Adam Morgan for another audition.
Morgan was among the first cuts from camp March 9 but impressed Phillies officials with his presence in big-league camp. He was a third-round pick in 2011 and a fast mover through the minors. It's possible he starts at triple-A Lehigh Valley, but a more likely destination is double-A Reading.
In 4 2/3 innings earlier this spring, Morgan struck out six, walked two and allowed one earned run on five hits.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Morgan was his choice because Major League Baseball rules state a 40-man roster player cannot be recalled during spring training. That eliminated Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin.
The Phillies are always evaluating their starting depth because it is typical for a team to require seven or eight different starters in a given season. Dubee has said Morgan could be an option if the circumstances are right.
Depnding on the players Atlanta brings to Clearwater, this could be another fine opportunity for Morgan to foster those good feelings.
The full pitching schedule for the next week:
Friday vs. ATL: Adam Morgan, Chad Durbin, Raul Valdes, Zach Miner, Jonathan Papelbon
Saturday at BAL: Aaron Cook, Antonio Bastardo, Phillippe Aumont, Mike Adams (Roy Halladay in minor-league game)
Sunday vs. BOS: Cliff Lee, Jeremy Horst, Mike Stutes, Jonathan Papelbon
Monday at TOR: John Lannan, Zach Miner, Chad Durbin, Phillippe Aumont, Mike Adams (Kyle Kendrick in minor-leaugue game)
Tuesday vs. TB: Raul Valdes, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Antonio Bastardo, Jonathan Papelbon
Wednesday at DET: Cole Hamels, Chad Durbin, Antonio Bastardo
That leaves one final game in Florida, March 28 in Clearwater vs. Toronto. Halladay is on track to start that game.
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