MIAMI - It has been quite a journey for Phillies righthander
, but he finally makes his major-league debut today.
Segovia will start the series finale against Florida Marlins lefthander Scott Olsen this afternoon at Dolphin Stadium because he pitched well this spring and because Freddy Garcia opened the season on the disabled list.
"I'm really excited," Segovia said.
Segovia was the team's second-round draft pick in 2002, but he missed the 2004 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2003. He went 4-14 with a 5.54 earned run average at single-A Clearwater in 2005, but went a combined 16-6 with a 2.82 ERA last season for Clearwater and double-A Reading.
Segovia, who will turn 24 on Wednesday, is a Texas native and will have plenty of family members there - parents, wife, in-laws, brothers and sisters.
His father-in-law is former big-leaguer Darnell Coles.
"I'll just go out, pitch and get people out, and see what happens," Segovia said.
Freddy Garcia threw a bullpen session yesterday and will make a rehabilitation start Tuesday for Clearwater. The righthander expects to return to the Phillies' rotation after that.
Garcia, who is on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, said that unless the schedule changes, he will pitch next Sunday against visiting Houston.
The Phillies are hopeful that righthander
, who is on the disabled list with a strained right abdominal muscle, will rejoin the team tomorrow in New York. . . .
will wear No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day next Sunday, but there's also a chance the entire team could wear No. 42. . . . Catcher
, who entered last night hitting .417 with a home run and two RBIs, started for the third time in five games. . . . Catcher
was activated off the DL and optioned to triple-A Ottawa.