Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Spring Rotation Set

The Phillies posted their pitching schedule for the first four Grapefruit League games today:

Saturday @ Yankees: Cole Hamels, Vance Worley, Ryan Feirabend, Brian Schlitter and Mike Zagurski.

Sunday vs. Yankees: Joe Blanton, Justin Defratus, Michael Schwimer, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge

Monday, February 28 @ Blue Jays: Roy Halladay, J.C. Ramirez, Michael Stutes, Juan Perez and Scott Mathieson

Tuesday, March 1 vs. Tigers: Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, Eddie Bonine, Dan Meyer, Danys Baez and Zagurski.

Roy Oswalt will like make his debut the following day against Baltimore. If everything stays the same, this sets the rotation up to start the season in this order: Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton.

Worley will be someone to keep an eye on this spring. If he can emulate his success during his short stint with the club last year, he could give the Phillies' executives confidence to trade Blanton at some point during the season. If Blanton were to be dealt, they'd need a Worley and a Kendrick to fill out the five hole in the rotation and the long reliever in the bullpen.

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