TAMPA, Fla. — The Phillies are sending some of their regular pitchers to the minors this week.
With so many relievers in camp and a few bullpen jobs to be won, the team wants to ensure there are enough innings against major-league hitters for them.
So Kyle Kendrick, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee will all make starts in minor-league games this week.
That, of course, will disappoint those Phillies fans coming to town. But a trip to the minor-league complex is always fun.
Thursday vs. PIT: Aaron Cook, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Rodrigo Lopez, Phillippe Aumont, Cesar Jimenez (Kyle Kendrick in minors)
Friday at TB: John Lannan, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus, Jeremy Horst
Saturday at NYY: Raul Valdes, Mike Adams, Chad Durbin, Jake Diekman, Mike Stutes (Cole Hamels in minors)
Sunday vs. BAL: Roy Halladay, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin De Fratus, Zach Miner
Monday at ATL: Aaron Cook, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst, Cesar Jimenez, Mike Stutes, Phillippe Aumont (Cliff Lee in minors)
Tuesday vs. NYY: Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Adams, Chad Durbin, Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes
Wednesday: Off day
Remember, the order of the pitchers on the schedule is not necessarily the order in which they will appear. It's likely either Cook or Lopez starts Thursday's game.
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