The team is off Wednesday but will probably have pitchers throw in a minor-league game to stay on schedule. If Halladay's turn comes Friday against Atlanta, he, too, could pitch in a minor-league game because the Phillies start the regular season with the Braves and would not want those hitters to see Halladay fewer than two weeks before that outing.
They could also bump Halladay to Saturday against Baltimore and still keep him on schedule to pitch in one more Grapefruit League game before starting the second game of the 2013 season on an extra day of rest.
Cliff Lee took the ball Monday and threw 80 pitches to minor-leaguers from the Pittsburgh Pirates system. Predictably, he dazzled. Two hours away, Phillies pitchers were bashed by the Atlanta Braves in a nationally televised Grapefruit League game.
The Phillies held Lee from Monday's game against Atlanta because the lefthander is likely to face the Braves in his first meaningful start of 2013, and he fanned nine Pirates farmhands in six scoreless innings.
Good and bad outing
With Lee dispatched to a minor-league game, the bullpen was asked to complete an entire Grapefruit League game against Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista. The result, 17 Braves runs on 19 hits, was horrifying.
Rodrigo Lopez was the primary culprit in the 17-10 loss. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in two innings.
Domonic Brown smashed his fifth home run and