Weather threat pushes Phillies' home opener to Tuesday

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 6, 2014, 3:35 p.m.
@Philabaseball
The Phillies have postponed Monday's home opener at Citizens Bank Park due to heavy rain forecast to move through the region.

The contest is now scheduled for Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick is expected to start the home opener for the Phillies, but the scheduling change means Ryne Sandberg will now have to juggle the rotation as the club now needs a fifth starter Saturday instead of next Sunday as originally planned.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the likely candidates for the rotation spot right now are right-hander Jonathan Pettibone or right-hander David Buchanan.

Pettibone made 18 starts with the Phillies last season and finished 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA. The 23-year-old opened this season with triple-A Lehigh Valley and collected a win on Sunday, tossing five innings and surrendering three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Buchanan is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, so if he were called up he'd be pitching on short rest. He's also not on the Phillies 40-man roster, so the organization would have to make a move to clear a roster spot.

The 24-year-old Buchanan started on opening day for Lehigh Valley and collected a win behind six scoreless innings of work. He struck out five and scattered just two hits.

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