NEW YORK — The Phillies opted to use Monday’s postponement to give Aaron Nola an extra day of rest as they pushed his start from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Ben Lively, who was scheduled to face the Mets on Monday night before an afternoon snowstorm blanketed Citi Field, will start Tuesday night against Matt Harvey. The Phillies could have skipped Lively to keep Nola on his scheduled start date. Nola’s second start of the season will come six days after his 68-pitch affair on opening day. He will face Noah Syndergaard, who has a 1.78 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies and looked strong in last week’s season opener.
Monday’s game was rescheduled for July 9 as part of a single-ticket doubleheader that begins at 4:10 p.m.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson will throw out the first pitch on Thursday afternoon before the Phillies’ home opener at Citizens Bank Park. Harry Kalas’ son Kane will sing the national anthem and the Phillies will honor Roy Halladay before they play Miami. Vince Velasquez was scheduled to pitch, but that could change after Monday’s postponement.
The triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation is lined up to be Zach Eflin, Tom Eshelman, Drew Anderson, Cole Irvin, and Enyel De Los Santos. All are righthanders except Irvin. The double-A Reading rotation will be Ranger Suarez, Harold Arauz, JoJo Romero, Jacob Waguespack, and Franklyn Kilome. Suarez and Romero are lefthanders. … De Los Santos will start against Waguespack on Tuesday in an exhibition at Reading.