CHICAGO - With today's home opener moved to tomorrow because of the threat of rain, Kyle Kendrick will start with an extra day of rest. But the adjusted schedule adds a wrinkle to the Phillies' pitching plans this weekend.
Initially, the Phillies were not going to need a fifth starter in their rotation on Sunday, April 13. But following the postponement, the Phillies will need another starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins.
David Buchanan was the early favorite to jump into that spot as the fifth starter after an impressive spring. Buchanan threw six shutout innings for Triple A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.
But since Buchanan's next start at Lehigh is scheduled for tomorrow, he would have to pitch on short rest if he pitches Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.