Mackanin Gives Plans for Howard, Chooch and More

Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pete Mackanin revealed plans for a few of his players hours before Opening Day today at Great American Ball Park.

  • Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz were in the starting lineup and they are expected to be in the lineup next Monday against the Padres in the home opener at Citizens Bank Park. Howard and Ruiz are in the final seasons of their contracts and they are not expected to return next season. “I wanted to make sure that Chooch started Opening Day and the same thing with Ryan,” Mackanin said. “We’ll just go from there. I’d like them to start, if possible, on Opening Day at home, and I’ll try to do that for sentimental reasons.”
  • Mackanin declined to name a closer. “I’m thinking about it as we speak,” he said, asked who will pitch Monday if the Phillies have a ninth inning lead. Mackanin and pitching coach Bob McClure had a meeting yesterday with the bullpen. They discussed the possibilities for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. “There’s going to be a mix of a lot of different guys,” Mackanin said. “We’ll just see how it plays out. Eventually somebody will be that last pitcher. It’s almost like an audition. It might be any one of five guys that will end up as our closer. And if not we’ll close by committee, even though I don’t want to do that. If that’s what we have to work with that’s what we’re going to do.”
  • Cameron Rupp will get the bulk of playing time behind the plate, which is not a surprise. “Chooch is moving up in age,” Mackanin said. “He’s still capable. I think if we keep him healthy and he plays less I think we’re going to get more out of him.”
  • Cedric Hunter will start in left field today. He entered Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, but impressed the coaching staff with the quality of his plate appearances. Mackanin said Hunter and Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Goeddel will start the season as a platoon in left field.
  • “We’ll give Goeddel a chance, even though he didn’t have that good of a spring,” Mackanin said. “He showed a few things that I think he’s going to be OK. We’ll work it in to start the season and we’ll go from there.”

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1 Comment

got to get rid of that coaching staff, they are going to ruin all those young kids. They should be teaching these kids how to throw strikes, get batters out and play the game properly. Stupid coach, leaves a guy in after he gives up 4 runs and 70 pitches, yet in another game he takes him out after 0 runs and 79 pitches, They keep emphasizing the throws to first, how many times have they done this and the runner still steals the base. Time for a change, maybe all those young arms are here too soon, they all did well the first time around but now that they have been seen and the players are familiar with them they are getting killed. Take heed 2 years for this guy was nuts, get somebody that knows how to coach, give him a job in low A ball or little league.

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