Getting the Competition Started
Not sure if you’ve heard, but there are four pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the Phillies’ rotation: Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco.
Grapefruit League games begin Wednesday, but the competition for the fifth spot doesn’t begin until Thursday, when Carrasco and Happ face the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The Phillies have their pitching schedule lined up for the next week. Here’s a look at who’s throwing when:
Wednesday @ Pittsburgh in Bradenton: Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, Joe Bisenius, Scott Nestor, Dave Borkowski, Mike Koplove and Jake Woods.
Thursday vs. Toronto: Carrasco, Happ, Justin Lehr, Gary Majewski, Blaine Neal and Yorman Bazardo.
Friday @ Cincinnati in Sarasota: Drew Carpenter, Antonio Bastardo, Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Sergio Escalona.
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay (starters only listed): Kendrick.
Sunday @ Atlanta in Lake Buena Vista (starters only listed): Brett Myers and Park.
Monday @ Toronto in Dunedin (starters only listed): Moyer and Blanton; Happ and Carrasco.
You’ll often hear pitchers in spring training say, “I’m just getting my work in.” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made it clear the other day that “getting my work in” won’t fly for Kendrick, Happ, Park and Carrasco. This is a competition, so they’ll need to pitch well.
Cole Hamels, who is not on this list, is expected to start March 4 against Team Canada.