Who will start Saturday for the Phillies?

Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan. (Kathy Willens/AP)

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.

"That could be a tough task, but we'll see how we manage that and see what the smart thing to do is and who the best candidate would be," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We have a couple of guys in mind, so we'll have a conversation about it."

Jonathan Pettibone is another option, but he endured shoulder pain in spring training and the team might not want to rush him to the major leagues.

Pettibone earned the win for Lehigh Valley in a 5-4 victory at Pawtucket yesterday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He had two strikeouts and two wild pitches.

Jeff Manship, who threw two scoreless innings in relief yesterday at Wrigley Field, also is a candidate.


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