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Phillies push back Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee

Jul 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay Reuters

The Phillies have decided to give two of their aces some extra rest after their All-Star appearances and go with Vance Worley, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick this weekend against the Mets.

Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee will be held back until next week’s series against the Cubs that begins Monday.

Hamels, the Saturday starter, was supposed to join Halladay and Lee in the All-Star Game, but he was scratched because he pitched Sunday.  He’ll be working on five days’ rest this week.

Halladay started and pitched two scoreless innings for the NL in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.  Lee followed him to the mound and gave up the lone run scored by the AL while working 1 2/3 innings.  He threw 25 pitches to Halladay’s 19.

To make room for Worley on the roster, the team is optioning Scott Mathieson back to Triple-A.

  1. tsi4431 - Jul 14, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Thanks Phillies, us Mets fan’s need all the hope we can get.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      My guess is the Phils win 2 of 3. Worley and Hamels get W’s, Kendrick gets a no decision and then Herndon or Baez give up a few in the 6th or 7th on Sunday.

  2. mercyflush - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    wow that sucks for the Cubs. Now it’s Halladay, Lee and Hamels for that series.

    • mercyflush - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      ahhh… Halladay, Lee and Worley I mean. Still sucks for them.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Actually I believe that Worley would pitch Wednesday and not Hamels, right? Worley, Hamels, KK, Doc, Lee, then Worley.

  3. TheWizard - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    If Worley can maintain, he’ll be entrenched as their #4 before the season ends.

    • mox19380 - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      it will be very interesting if Oswalt comes back healthy what the Phillies decide to do… To start the season Kyle Kendrick was a spot starter and long reliever so I guess it’s not an issue to push him back in that role and keep Worley in the #5 spot. Sure would be nice to have KK in the bullpen instead of relying on the god awful Baez and Herndon

      • phillydano - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        if and when little roy returns healthy, the phillies pitching will be totally set. obviously the starting staff will be at full bore (big roy, cole, cliff, little roy, vance). but then the bullpen gets some legit long relief with kk. if and when fat joe returns, i put him in the pen too. i am assuming vance worley keeps pitching well, but i could be wrong. if the phils make the playoffs, then vance goes to the pen too. say good bye to herndon and baez.

        of course, everyone else needs to stay healthy too…

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