The Phillies have announced their pitching plans for Wednesday's game with Florida State.
According to Jim Salisbury, right-hander Austin Hyatt, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, will start the annual opener with FSU, followed by lefties Jake Diekman and Jeremy Horst, then right-hander Michael Schwimer, lefty Joe Savery, who started is this game four years ago against FSU, righties J.C. Ramirez and B.J. Rosenberg, with right-hander Phillippe Aumont scheduled to close it out. Hyatt, who will turn 26 in May, spent the entire season in Double-A Reading and went 12-6 with a 3.85 ERA and 171/49 K/BB ratio. He is considered to have the best change-up in the Phillies' chain, according to Baseball America, while the best fastball and curve are said to belong to Aumont, a closer in the making who is seen as the fifth-best prospect in the system.
The game begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bright House Field.
Phillies feeling first pangs of injury: In something of an annual occurrence, Cliff Lee is reportedly already feeling soreness in his abdominal muscle after less than a week of workouts. Salisbury reminds readers that it was a strained abdominal that snowballed into a disastrous 2007 campaign in Cleveland. He also has a history of back issues, stemming from his 2010 season in Seattle. Last spring, scouts suggested that Lee's downward tilt had gone missing and that his fastball was up in the zone. Obviously, none of that became an issue once the games counted, and Lee downplayed the abdominal strain this week.
Meanwhile, right-hander Justin De Fratus will be shut down due to elbow soreness and will reportedly meet with team doctor Michael Ciccotti this coming week. De Fratus is considered a long-shot to make the Opening Day roster and this only hurts his chances.