Welcome Back Jimmy and Shane; Myers Opening Day?
Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino are back after playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Marcus Giles made a good observation this morning when he looked at the lineup card on the bulletin board inside the Phillies clubhouse:
“Wow, got the real lineup in there today.”
Yes, it is:
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Chris Coste, DH
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
Chan Ho Park starts against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, while Cole Hamels pitches in a Minor League game at the Carpenter Complex.
The pitching schedule for March 26 – April 1 has been posted in the clubhouse, and it looks more and more like Brett Myers could be starting Opening Night:
March 26: Carlos Carrasco.
March 27: Brett Myers
March 28: Jamie Moyer and J.A. Happ
March 29: Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels
March 30: Chan Ho Park
March 31: Myers
April 1: Carrasco
Rich Dubee said yesterday that Hamels could make his season debut April 10 against the Rockies in Denver. If this schedule holds true and if Dubee wants his Opening Night starter to pitch on a full four days rest, Myers, who is pitching March 31, would be in line to pitch April 5.