CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies are facing another setback in their rotation, a tender left forearm that could keep J.A. Happ from taking his next scheduled turn on Wednesday. [Link]
If not for this developing situation, the Phillies, still nursing Joe Blanton back to health, might have considered skipping Kyle Kendrick's start on Tuesday and moving Happ's slot up a day, which would keep him on regular rest thanks to Monday's day off. But that option would appear to be out the door, and the Phils are hoping that's the only setback they'll suffer. The extent of Happ's injury is still uncertain, with Charlie Manuel only disclosing that his forearm is "a little stiff" and that more will be known in the coming days. Early season arm stiffness is fairly common, but could also signal deeper elbow issues, as was the case with J.C. Romero.
Aside from Roy Halladay, the rotation has been nothing to write home about, including Happ, whose spotless ERA doesn't tell a true story of his performance. Conversely, Jamie Moyer (7.50) has actually pitched better than his lines suggest, victimized by one bad inning once again and little bad luck. Moyer surrendered five runs in the first inning, ending up on the wrong side of a pair of seeing-eye hits and Ronny Paulino dropping a good swing on an inside fastball. But after that, Moyer settled in very nicely, allowing two hits and striking out seven over five scoreless innings. He would have pitched the seventh had the Phillies not been desperate for runs. Still, by gutting it out, he helped preserve an already taxed bullpen; Nelson Figueroa and Chad Durbin finished up with three strong frames. Offensively, the Phils had no answer for underrated right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who went the distance in a 5-1 gem.
We're back later today with a rubber match preview and thoughts on a big April game for Cole Hamels.