Monday, February 24, 2014

Throwing the first Grapefruit League pitch for the Phillies this spring is ...

... Roberto Hernandez!

Hernandez will start Wednesday's home game against the Blue Jays. Phillippe Aumont, whose straightened-out mechanics has been one of the more encouraging signs early in camp, will work a late inning in that one, as well.

The big intrigue of Thursday's rematch in Dunedin will be the debut of Miguel Gonzalez, who is slated to pitch two innings. Cliff Lee will start that one.

The other eyebrow-raiser will be A.J. Burnett's debut in a Phillies' uniform. That will come Sunday against his former teammates when the Phils host the Pirates. That also marks Jesse Biddle's first Grapefruit League appearance.

You can check out the full pitching schedule below.

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