The soon-to-be 24-year-old right-hander jumps from Double-A to the Majors when the Phillies try to avoid starting 1-5 for a second consecutive season this afternoon in Florida. Game time is 1:05 EST.
Segovia went 16-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 appearances for Class-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season and is coming off a solid spring. The Marlins counter with Scott Olsen, who's coming off a strong season debut, giving up two runs in 5 1-3 innings and picking up a double, single and RBI at the plate in Tuesday's 9-3 win in Washington.
Marlins 8, Phillies 5
--- I caught only parts of last night's game and obviously Brett Myers didn't have it. However, after J-Roll's inside the park home run made it 3-1 Phillies, it was a good opportunity for Myers to reset himself. Instead, like we've seen with Myers in the past, he appears to get tangled up with the mess and momentum and gives the lead right back. Not to make excuses because he's been in the league long enough, but this is where the pitcher, catcher and pitching coach need to recognize the situation and slow it down. Everything got just a little too fast last night. A disappointing outing from a No. 1 starter, on a night when Dontrelle Willis was hittable, now puts the Phillies in a very tough position to win the series with Segovia and against Olsen.
--- Remember Phil Sheridan's column on why it would be a terrible idea to trade Aaron Rowand for Scott Linebrink just because he's good for team chemistry? LOL funny. Like a lot of issues, I've taken a conservative approach with Rowand this spring because I'm still waiting to see what all the White Sox fuss was about, but I've got to admit, I'm just not impressed with any facet of his game, not even a little. He doesn't swing so much as club at it, he's another high strikeout / low contact element in the lineup, and in my opinion, presents nothing special in center field. I don't have the numbers, but I'm fairly certain they're not a winning club with Rowand in the mix dating back to last season, clubhouse mojo and all.