Today's Lineup: Rhys Hoskins sits day after getting hit by pitch

Today's Lineup: Rhys Hoskins sits day after getting hit by pitch

The Phillies' hottest hitter will not be in the lineup for Sunday afternoon's finale in Miami vs. Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins.

Rhys Hoskins will get the afternoon off after he was hit on the right hand by a 97-mph fastball by Marlins reliever Bryan Ellington. X-rays came back negative for the 24-year-old, who's batting .318 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs since his early August call-up, but Pete Mackanin has decided to give him a breather anyway. Hoskins drilled his 12th homer run of the season last night before leaving the game. He's hit safely in 13 of his last 14 contests.

Tommy Joseph will start at first and move back into the cleanup spot for the Phils today. Joseph also went yard last night, bashing his 20th homer of the season. He's made an impact at the plate over his last 10 games as he's batted .317 with four home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs in that span. He's also hit safely in eight of those games. He's historically crushed Marlins pitching as he's batting .351 against the Fish with eight homers and 17 RBIs, both of which are his most against any team.

After Pedro Florimon suffered a gruesome ankle injury last night, Cameron Perkins has again been recalled and will get the start in center for today's matinee. He'll bat eighth. He's hitting just .177 in 36 games with the Phils this season.

Jorge Alfaro will be back behind the plate and will catch Jake Thompson, who was recalled earlier in the week. Thompson is 1-1 on the season with a 5.40 in six appearances, three of which were starts. His last outing came two weeks ago at Citizens Bank Park against the Marlins, and it didn't go so well as he allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings in an eventual no-decision. The Phils would lose the game, 9-8.

Thompson will be opposed by Marlins righty Jose Urena. He's been impressive this season with a 12-6 record and 3.84 ERA, but he is coming off a loss to the Nationals last week when he only lasted four innings and gave up four runs in the process. He pitched against the Phils two weeks ago and came away with a win as he gave up three runs on three hits over five innings of work.

Both teams' lineups for today's series finale can be found below:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Hyun Soo Kim, LF
7. Jorge Alfaro, C
8. Cameron Perkins, CF
9. Jake Thompson, P

1. Derek Dietrich, 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
3. Christian Yelich, CF
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. Brian Anderson, 3B
6. Tomas Telas, 1B
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Miguel Rojas, SS
9. Jose Urena, P

Brushbacks, hit batsmen, ejections in Phils' spring training game

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Brushbacks, hit batsmen, ejections in Phils' spring training game


CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies bring extra pitchers over from the minor-league complex for bullpen depth every game in spring training. For the pitchers, it’s a nice little recognition of a job well done. They often don’t get in the game, but they get to put on a big-league uniform and put a day’s worth of big-league meal money in their pocket.
Parker Frazier got even more than that on Thursday. He not only got in the game. He got ejected.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a spring training game,” Frazier said with a laugh afterward. “I’ll take the first for something.”

Home plate umpire Tom Hallion gave Frazier the boot for hitting Detroit’s Derek Hill with a pitch in the eighth inning of a 6-2 loss. Frazier hit Hill with an off-speed pitch, so it clearly was not intentional. But Hallion had already issued warnings to both benches after Zach Eflin had hit Jose Iglesias and Detroit’s Matthew Boyd came in close twice against Odubel Herrera. In addition to Frazier, Hallion also ejected Phillies reliever Pedro Beato for hitting a batter in the ninth. Manager Gabe Kapler and bench coach Rob Thomson were ejected with Frazier and Beato, respectively.

It made for a crazy scene, especially in a spring training game.

Herrera believed that Boyd intentionally threw at him as retaliation for Iglesias getting hit. Boyd at first threw over Herrera’s head as Herrera tried to call timeout. He then came inside on Herrera. Herrera sidestepped the pitch and took first with a walk.

“He can’t hit me,” a defiant Herrera said afterward. “I’m too quick.”

Frazier definitely wasn’t trying to hit Hill, not with a slider.

“It was a slider that didn’t slide,” he joked.

Frazier is the 29-year-old son of former big-league pitcher George Frazier. He’s a career minor leaguer who has been in pro ball since 2007 and pitched in the Rockies, Reds, White Sox, A’s and Diamondbacks organizations. He pitched the last three seasons in independent ball and is in Phillies camp for the first time.

Frazier’s fiancee and future in-laws were in from Oklahoma for the game. They expected to see him pitch at the minor-league complex, but instead got to see him experience an eventful day in big-league camp.

After being ejected, Frazier returned to the clubhouse. A text from his fiancee awaited him.

“They wanted to know what happened,” he said. “I told them accidental hit pitch.”

Kapler wouldn't discuss what he said to Hallion after Frazier's ejection. He said he would respect the umpire's decision because those are the rules.

But Kapler made it clear that he didn’t believe his pitchers were trying to hit anyone.

“We have a minor leaguer in the game and he’s just trying to make a good impression,” Kapler said. “He threw a slider that backed up and hit somebody. Beato is also trying to make a club and make a good impression. There’s no reason to not throw strikes. Balls will get away. It’s part of the game.”

Arrieta comes out strong, but Kapler remains vague on timetable

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Arrieta comes out strong, but Kapler remains vague on timetable

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ever since Jake Arrieta flew into town on Air Middleton and raised expectations for 2018, Phillies officials have said they would take a methodical approach with getting him ready for the regular season.

The Phils followed that plan in holding Arrieta to two innings and 31 pitches in the right-hander’s hotly anticipated spring debut against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

“We had a very specific pitch count in mind and we feel like we executed the innings and the pitch count to a T,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We did not want to push the envelope at all. There’s no reason to. We’re focused on the long view.”

Arrieta struck out the first two batters of the game then allowed a solo home run to two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, a double, a single and another run over the balance of his outing. He had hoped to go three innings, but understands the team’s plan.

“I'm on board with what these guys intend to do,” said the 32-year-old pitcher, who signed a three-year, $75 million contract with the Phils last week. “I know they have my health and the team's success over the long haul in mind. That's the most important thing moving forward.”

Kapler liked what he saw from Arrieta.

“It was a real positive outing,” he said. “We wanted to see health and strength. We saw both of those things and he threw strikes.”

Twenty-two of Arrieta’s 31 pitches were strikes.

Arrieta’s arm strength was impressive. He touched 95 mph on the stadium radar gun. He also threw several fastballs that registered 94. His fastball velocity had been a concern as it dropped from 94.9 mph in his Cy Young season of 2015 to 92.6 mph last season, according to PITCHf/x data.

“My timing and my delivery were nice,” Arrieta said. “The ball was coming out of my hand good. Even though I'm not particularly worried about velocity, the velocity was nice today. Sinking fastball was really good. I threw some good curveballs. The cutter wasn't necessarily great, along with the changeup. But those will come with repetition.”

Arrieta said he had “a ton of nervous energy” before the start.

“Now that it's over, I take a deep breath and I remember what it feels like to be in a game situation,” he said. “Umpires, crowd. It felt great. I'm healthy. The ball is coming out good. To get the first one out of the way — even though it is a little bit later — it's a good sign.”

Kapler continued to play things close to the vest with Arrieta’s timetable. What is clear, however, is that Arrieta will get one more start in Florida before camp breaks on Tuesday. He could build to around 50 pitches in that one and be ready to start in New York on April 2, 3 or 4. If the Phils decide that Arrieta needs two more outings to prepare for the regular season, he could debut on April 7 at home against Miami. Either way, he lines up to make 30-plus starts.