After playing in front of a thousand or so fans in Sunday’s spring training opener in Lakeland, the Phillies will get to do so in front of their own supporters for the first time in almost a calendar year Monday in Clearwater.
There is a limit of approximately 2,200 fans for the 1:05 p.m. game Monday at BayCare Ballpark against the Orioles. You can watch the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.
Aaron Nola will start for the Phillies. The O’s will start veteran right-hander Jorge Lopez.
Joe Girardi said Sunday that he expected Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen to play in the game. Bryce Harper's status for the game was unclear, though knowing him, he'll want to be out there in front of that group of 2,200.
Andrew Knapp starting behind the plate would make sense. Jeff Mathis was the starting catcher Sunday and was relieved by Rodolfo Duran while Rafael Marchan served as the designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto is rehabbing a small fracture in the base of his right thumb.
The only three regulars who made the 75-minute trip to Lakeland Sunday were Alec Bohm, Scott Kingery and Adam Haseley. Haseley accounted for that trio’s only hit, a leadoff homer.
Of the Phillies’ 14 home spring training games, 12 will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia or NBC Sports Philadelphia+, including all three this week and each of the first six.