Phillies Morning Notebook: Leiter to DL; Arrieta says he's ready

Phillies Mark Leiter Jr. to open season on disabled list
The Phillies officially lost their second pitcher in the span of a week to an injury, announcing Tuesday Mark Leiter Jr. will open the season on the disabled list with a mild flexor strain he suffered during his last appearance. The injury will likely sideline him until early May.

Leiter joins Jerad Eickhoff as potential starting candidates that are opening the year on the disabled list. Eickhoff is expected to be out until early May with a strained lat muscle.

“We have a group of guys who have shown well in spring training and are really pushing towards that finish line,” manager Gabe Kapler said.

Zach Eflin and Ben Lively appear to be frontrunners in the battle for the vacant slot in the starting rotation. The potential exists, at least in the short term, for the odd man out to pitch out of the bullpen in a long relief role - similar to role Leiter held for part of last season.

Roster Moves
The Phillies made some roster moves on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, trimming the number of players in camp to 42.

The club reassigned Logan Moore, Andrew Pullin, Danny Ortiz, and Mitch Walding to minor league camp and released pitcher Fernando Abad.

Arrieta Session
Jake Arrieta threw a bullpen session Tuesday morning and is on track to make his spring training debut Thursday against Detroit in Clearwater.

"Felt great, everything went well and I'm looking forward to getting back out there," Arrieta said.

Wednesday's Lineup
Vince Velasquez will see some action in a minor league game while Nick Pivetta will start for the Phillies in their contest against Toronto

1. Cesar Hernandez 4
2. Rhys Hoskins 7
3. Maikel Franco 5
4. Carlos Santana 3
5. Aaron Altherr 8
6. Nick Williams 9
7 Cameron Rupp 2
8. Ryan Flaherty 6
9. Roman Quinn DH
P Nick Pivetta 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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