Freddy Garcia's fastball has been clocked only in the mid-to-high 80s this spring, but the team isn’t concerned. Right-hander Mike Maroth counters for Detroit.
Shane Victorino gets a starting nod yet again, but gets a break from the field and will instead DH. Michael Bourn will get another look in right field. Chris Coste, who’s taken just 17 at bats this spring, is out of the starting lineup yet again, amidst speculation that Texas is seeking a veteran backup catcher. Coste’s spot on the 25-man roster is dubious at best. Abraham Nunez starts at third in place of Wes Helms, who’s swinging a hot bat.
Following yesterday’s 11-6 loss to Toronto, the Phils are 6-8-1 in Grapefruit League play. Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer in a losing effort, and has upped his line to an inpressive .304/.429/.435 after a slow start. [Live Boxscore]