So Who Exactly Is Healthy In Phillies Rotation?
The Phillies scratched right-hander Jerome Williams from today’s start against the Rays at Bright House Field after “tweaking” his right hamstring earlier this week. The Phillies said he is considered day to day.
That leaves just two healthy starting pitchers in camp with previous experience in the Phillies rotation: Cole Hamels and David Buchanan, who started today.
Cliff Lee’s season and career is essentially finished, despite the fact he said he will try to rehabilitate a torn tendon in his left elbow a third time. Aaron Harang has missed two of his first three Grapefruit League starts because of back issues. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday.
The remaining healthy starters in camp include right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who converted to a reliever last season because of questions about his durability as a starter; left-hander Joely Rodriguez; who has never pitched above Double-A; right-hander Kevin Slowey, who is a non-roster invitee; and Paul Clemens, who is a non-roster invitee.
Right-hander Chad Billingsley could be a candidate at some point, but he is recovering from a pair of elbow surgeries and is not expected to be ready until late April.