Marcus Giles, Jason Donald, John Mayberry Jr. and Jason Ellison earn starts this afternoon when the Phillies host the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Carlos Carrasco has the ball.
In the previous thread, Clout weighed in on the internal candidates vying for a spot on the bench: “Of far more interest to me is Marcus Giles. This is a guy who's already proven he can play and at a pretty high level. The Phils need to find out if he's washed up at age 30. If not, there's your RH bat with decent speed who can play 2B and 3B. To me, outside of the 5th starter and bullpen, that's the most interesting story line.” As for Carrasco, soon to be 22, he’s one of four starters in the hunt for the fifth starter spot, although he Phillies’ brass have been suggesting that under ideal conditions, he would start the season in Triple-A.
Lineups: SS Jimmy Rollins; 3B Jason Donald; LF Raul Ibanez; DH Ryan Howard; RF John Mayberry; 1B Greg Dobbs; 2B Marcus Giles; CF Jason Ellison; C Carlos Ruiz.
Extra reading: For a preview of the Phillies offense, check out my take at SpringTraining09.com.