Following the first off day of the spring, the Phillies return to action on Tuesday with a few familiar faces in the lineup.
Starting with today's matchup against the Tigers at Bright House Field, the Phillies have 16 games in the next 17 days before the head to Philadelphia for two more exhibition games. With the April 1 opener in Atlanta looming, the composition of manager Charlie Manuel's roster remains one of the few question marks remaining in camp.
Will Manuel go with a roster with just four outfielders until Delmon Young is finished rehabbing his ankle? If that's the scenario that plays out, the Phillies could start the season with Yuniesky Betancourt and Freddy Galvis as reserve infielders. While that won't give the team much spark off the bench in terms of hitting, the Phils would have plenty of potential late-inning defensive help with Kevin Frandsen all but assured of a roster spot.
Do the Phillies need all those infield gloves on the bench? Would they go with just four outfielders even with Dom Brown still progressing in left field?
We'll see how this shakes out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here's how the Phillies will start the game against the Tigers on Tuesday:
1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Kevin Frandsen, 2b
3.) Chase Utley, dh
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Michael Young, 3b
6.) Dom Brown, lf
7.) John Mayberry, rf
8.) Erik Kratz, c
9.) Yuniesky Betancourt, ss
Roy Halladay also will start the game on the mound.