Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pitching probables for final full week

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hard to believe, but only 11 days remain in spring training here in Florida. The Phillies will play their final game on April 1 before flying back to Philadelphia for a two-game exhibition series vs. Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park on April 2-3.

Pitching probables for final full week

Roy Halladay will start a minor-league game on Thursday. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay will start a minor-league game on Thursday. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hard to believe, but only 11 days remain in spring training here in Florida. The Phillies will play their final game on April 1 before flying back to Philadelphia for a two-game exhibition series vs. Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park on April 2-3.

Not much is left to be decided in camp, but pitchers will begin to go through their final tune-ups in preparation for the season. That's at least one thing to watch.

Here is the pitching schedule for the last full week of spring training:

Today vs. Yankees
Cole Hamels
Danys Baez
Ryan Madson
David Herndon
Brad Lidge (starts a minor-league game)

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Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay
Joe Blanton
Chad Durbin
Jose Contreras
J.C. Romero (pitches a simulated game)

Wednesday at Atlanta
J.A. Happ
Madson
Herndon
Baez

Thursday vs. Houston
Kyle Kendrick
Antonio Bastardo
Contreras
Roy Halladay (starts a minor-league game)

Friday at Yankees
Jamie Moyer
Durbin
Madson

Saturday at Twins
Hamels
Baez
Contreras
Herndon

A few notes: Halladay pitching in the minor-league game is interesting. He said the other day that he wants to reach 100 pitches in his next outing before tapering down in his final start of the spring, which should come March 30 against Houston. Pity on those minor-leaguers, I guess.

Moyer was originally scheduled to go Saturday in Ft. Myers but was bumped up to Friday so he can go on five days rest. So now he'll pitch under the lights in Tampa against the Yankees. Needless to say, it'll be important.

You'll also notice guys like Contreras, who will begin pitching in games every other day from here on out. It'll be interesting to see how the starter turned reliever handles it.

And another note: Brett Myers is scheduled to face the Phillies on Thursday here in Clearwater. That should be fun.

RUIZ SCRATCHED

Catcher Carlos Ruiz was scratched from today's lineup with an illness. He will be replaced by Dane Sardinha.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Jayson Werth 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Ben Francisco 8
8. Dane Sardinha 2
9. Cole Hamels 1

A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes are scheduled to pitch for the Yankees. Game is on ESPN at 1.

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