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The team’s options to replace Park should he pitch poorly?
– Lefthander J.A. Happ. He narrowly lost the fifth starter’s job to Park in Spring Training. Charlie Manuel has praised Happ recently, saying that he knows Happ can be a successful starter. Happ is 1-0 with a 3.87 ERA in nine relief appearances this season, so he is doing something Park isn’t: getting hitters out at the big-league level. Happ is the favorite because he already is on the 25-man roster and has the confidence of his manager and pitching coach. Other candidates in Triple-A Lehigh Valley would mean optioning somebody to the Minor Leagues, and I just don’t see a fit at the moment.
– Right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick got a relatively early demotion to Minor League camp in Spring Training because the Phillies thought he hadn’t developed his secondary pitches enough to warrant a continued look. Kendrick is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five starts in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
– Right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco was the team’s dark horse candidate to win the fifth spot in Spring Training, but he showed his inexperience. He is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts for Lehigh Valley.
– Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. The Phillies picked up Lopez before the end of Spring Training. He is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in three starts. He has big-league experience, which can help his cause should he continue to pitch well.
The Phillies face Johan Santana tonight. Let’s take a look at the Phillies’ projected lineup, and how they have fared against Santana in the past:
Jimmy Rollins: .059 (1 for 17) with 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
Shane Victorino: .083 (1 for 12) with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts.
Chase Utley: .167 (3 for 18) with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts.
Ryan Howard: .429 (6 for 14) with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Jayson Werth: .313 (5 for 16) with 1 double, 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.
Raul Ibanez: .353 (12 for 34) with 1 homer, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.
Pedro Feliz: .158 (3 for 19) with 1 RBI, 6 strikeouts.
Carlos Ruiz: .429 (3 for 7) with 1 strikeout.
MLB.com reporter Thomas Harding, who covers the Rockies, caught up recently with Rodrigo Lopez, who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. He passed along some of what he had to say:
“There’s not an invitation to big-league camp and I won’t be in big-league camp unless they need me to pitch a game or something,” Lopez said. “But I’m going to take my chances with the Phillies and see if during the season they’ll have an open spot for me. I’ll try to get back to the big leagues. I just want to prove that I’m healthy, and I’m able to pitch every five days.”
“I’ve been having a hard time finding my breaking ball, but I just think it’s a matter of getting into games. I’ve been working in Mexico and now here [in the World Baseball Classic]. My breaking ball is finally coming back, but I still need to get into games to use it. My arm, velocity, location are getting back to normal. I feel pretty strong. I’ve been working the last 18 months, concentrating on my shoulder, elbow, whole body basically. during the season I think I’ll have more strength.”
The Phillies scouted Lopez recently, and apparently liked what they saw. He is expected to join the Phillies’ minor-league camp after he finishes pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Lopez has not pitched in the majors since 2007 with the Colorado Rockies. He had Tommy John surgery in Aug. 2007, and spent most of 2008 recovering. The Atlanta Braves signed him to a minor-league deal toward the end of last season, but the Braves did not exercise the option they had on him.
Lopez is expected to open the season in the rotation for triple-A Lehigh Valley.
He is 65-65 with a 4.80 ERA in his seven-year big-league career.