Ryan Howard, who was sidelined the previous two games because of a sore groin, returns to Charlie Manuel's lineup and will hit fourth.
Before missing a pair of games, the Phillies' first baseman was in the midst of rebounding from another slow start. Entering an April 9 game vs. the Mets, Howard was hitting .148. Since then, he's batting .371 to improve his overall average to .274. During that span, however, Howard knocked in just one run. The Phillies desperately need his bat to produce runs.
John Mayberry, who's 5 for his last 12, will bat in the two-hole behind Jimmy Rollins. Ben Revere (.211 AVG, .253 OBP) remains in the No. 7 spot, while Erik Kratz is behind the plate to catch Kyle Kendrick.
The Phillies are up against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook, who ERA-wise, has been perfect through 15 2/3 innings thus far. The 35-year-old righty is 2-1 (five starts) lifetime against the Phillies with a 4.39 ERA.
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. John Mayberry, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Michael Young, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Ben Revere, CF
8. Erik Kratz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P
Pettibone to start Monday
There will be a major-league debut on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jonathan Pettibone, a 22-year-old right-hander, will make his first MLB start for the Phillies against the Pirates. He's filling the void left by the injured John Lannan, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a quad strain. A roster move to make room for Pettibone will be made Monday.
Pettibone was selected in the third round by the Phillies in the 2008 MLB amateur draft. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder went 4-1 in seven starts last season at Triple A Lehigh Valley. He posted a 2.55 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Per CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Manuel had this to say regarding the young righty: "He's young. He's got a future ahead of him."