This marks the fourth Grapefruit League start for the 23-year-old left-hander, who will be opposed by Ramon Ortiz for Minnesota. Game time is 1:05 p.m. EST and it will be broadcast on CSN.
Meanwhile, the Phillies received some good and bad news yesterday, starting with the good. Both Freddy Garcia and Carlos Ruiz are progressing from their injuries and aren't expected to miss much more action. Both could be ready to go for the start of the season. Now the bad. Jon Lieber has been sidelined with a strained oblique, the severity of which is undetermined.
Pat Gillick on WIP
I caught only part of this interview. Aside from the doom and gloom of the bullpen situation, I was struck by two positives. First, Gillick and Charlie Manuel are very pleased with Wes Helms, and fans should expect professional at bats from the Phillies new third baseman. Gillick is most impressed with his ability to go the other way. Manuel, who I had a chance to interview back in January, thinks Helms can hit for high average again.
Second, Ryan Howard has been working hard on his defense and has looked very sharp at first. Gillick said he's made several great plays he wouldn't have made last season.