CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jake Diekman was all showered up and ready to go home when he was told to put his uniform back on Monday afternoon.
Rain had forced the cancellation of the Phillies-Orioles game at Bright House Field, but nothing stops the spring-training pitching schedule. So Diekman threw on his uniform and hustled over to the indoor facility at Carpenter Complex to throw a simulated inning.
He smelled good doing it.
“There was a lot of shuffling,” said pitching coach Bob McClure, whose job is to keep the pitchers throwing on their right days. “That’s why it’s nice to have the indoor cages and mounds.”
Diekman wasn’t the only pitcher to get significant indoor mound time Monday.
Kyle Kendrick, who was supposed to start against the Orioles, threw 75 pitches to hitters at the indoor complex. A.J. Burnett, who was scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game, threw 77 pitches to hitters.
Jonathan Pettibone, who had also been scheduled to throw in a minor-league game, pitched three innings indoors. It was his most intense work since being shut down with a tender shoulder early in camp.
Cliff Lee will start the season opener for the Phillies followed by A.J. Burnett, Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez. The Phillies are unsure who their fifth starter will be. They could use one the first weekend of the season or wait until April 14. Pettibone could have time to get ready for April 14 if the Phils go with four starters for the first two weeks.
“The way he threw today, he could be an option,” McClure said. “It went well.”
Pettibone could pitch in a Grapefruit League game this weekend.
• The Phils have their only scheduled off day of the spring Tuesday.
• The Phillies announced that tickets for Monday’s rainout could be exchanged for another game this spring or a game next spring.