There's no surprise in Halladay starting opening day. He did it last season and is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. The order does makes Hamels, the longest-tenured Phillie of the bunch, the fourth starter. But Dubee has made it a point to laud Hamels early this spring, saying he could start a game without any trouble right now.
Halladay's spring debut will come against his former team, Toronto, in Dunedin, Fla. Lee's debut comes at Bright House Field against Detroit, and if that game isn't already sold out, it likely will be by the time No. 33 steps on the mound for his Phillies reintroduction. Conveniently, Lee misses the Yankees twice this weekend.
Drew Naylor will start the first exhibition game Thursday against Florida State. The other pitchers scheduled to appear in that game are: Eddie Bonine, Juan Perez, Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus and Scott Mathieson.
For the first time this spring, hitters faced live pitching during Monday's workout. But it doesn't mean there were very many swings. Against Halladay, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez
and Brian Bocock
didn't take a hack on any of the 40-something pitches he threw.
Charlie Manuel says he encourages his players to "track" pitches the first few times before swinging.
Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez
has been playing mostly shortstop during fielding drills, but the Phillies plan to use him in various positions this spring. "He looks like a little line-drive hitter," Manuel said. "He's going to have to play within himself. He looks good at shortstop catching ground balls. I haven't seen him in the outfield." . . . Andrew Carpenter
returned to big-league camp Monday after clearing waivers. He is now a nonroster player. . . . Outfield prospect Jiwan James
has been a daily observer of the big-league workouts. James is rooming with Domonic Brown
Phillies' pitching schedule set for first week. D6.
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