PHILADELPHIA -- A light rain is falling at Citizens Bank Park and the field is covered, but forecasters think it'll pass and they'll start this one on time.
Just heard something interesting from manager Edwin Rodriguez, who said that Anibal Sanchez asked him several days ago if he knew which game Roy Halladay would pitch in Wednesday's doubleheader.
"He wants to face Halladay," Rodriguez said. "He was asking four or five days ago if we knew where Halladay was going to pitch in the first or second game. And he said when we find out, he wants that game. He's up for the challenge."
As a result, Sanchez will face Halladay in the second game of the day-night doubleheader. The Marlins are calling up Elih Villanueva from Triple A New Orleans to pitch the first game against Kyle Kendrick. That move will be announced after tonight's game.
In order to make room for Villanueva, the Marlins will have to remove someone from both their 25-man and 40-man rosters. One possibility on the 40-man side: transferring Josh Johnson to the 60-day disabled list. If that occurs, Johnson would not be able to pitch at the earliest until after the All-Star break in mid-July.
But Rodriguez said Johnson said Monday in a meeting that he was feeling the best he has in a long time. Johnson is still throwing on flat ground, though.
Marlins: 1. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, cf; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. John Buck, c; 7. Omar Infante, 2b; 8. Wes Helms, 3b; 9. Chris Volstad,p.
Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Shane Victorino, cf; 3. Chase Utley, 2b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Placido Polanco, 3b; 6. Raul Ibanez, lf; 7. Domonic Brown, rf; 8. Carlos Ruiz, c; 9. Cole Hamels, p.