Phillies postpone opener until Tuesday

Philadelphia Phillies fans wait out a rain delay. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)
Philadelphia Phillies fans wait out a rain delay. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)
Posted: April 08, 2014

CHICAGO - The Phillies postponed their home opener against Milwaukee more than 25 hours before the scheduled first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. The game, originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Monday, will be played Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.

The decision was made official Sunday at 1:46 p.m., the team said, because the schedule provided a "built-in rain protection date" on Tuesday. The weather forecast calls for "considerable rain all Monday afternoon," according to the Phillies.

All tickets from Monday's game will be honored Tuesday, the team said. Gates will open at 1:35 p.m. The game will be televised on NBC10.

The Phillies made a similar decision in 1996. They postponed the season opener against Colorado at Veterans Stadium one day before the scheduled game.

The postponement affects the Phillies' pitching. They now will need a fifth starter on Saturday, one day earlier than anticipated. Righthander David Buchanan was the leading candidate to fill that spot, but he is scheduled to pitch Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. If he is to pitch for the Phillies on Saturday, it would be on short rest.

Jonathan Pettibone, another option, started Sunday for the IronPigs. The righthander allowed three runs to Pawtucket on 86 pitches in five innings. Pettibone is on the 40-man roster, which is full. Buchanan is not.

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