"I was obviously happy it was another day that didn't count," Hamels said. "Tonight was a lot of testing the waters here and there. I wanted to focus on throwing strikes on both sides of the plate. I threw pitches in counts that I normally wouldn't do. I just need to pick up my game a little bit. I'm not too happy about [the home runs]. I was able to throw the curveball and changeup and got a good feel for them. My location was fine. I definitely feel prepared [for Wednesday's start against Atlanta]."
Congrats, Shane: Fan-favorite Shane Victorino wasn't with the Phillies on Friday. He was away for the birth of his child.
Starting shuffle: The disabled list situation with Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber may not have that big an effect on the Phils' rotation. Brett Myers is set to start in the home opener Monday against Atlanta, followed by Hamels on Wednesday and Adam Eaton closing the Atlanta series on Thursday. Jamie Moyer will go Friday at Florida, and Myers will come back on four days' rest on Saturday, with Garcia able to go Sunday, April 8.
"We'll make a decision about how many pitchers we'll go with after tomorrow -- either 11 or 12," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Garcia threw a 40-pitch side today and they say he threw pretty good."
Garcia is eligible to be reinstated on April 7.
A good April: It's imperative that the Phillies get off to a good start in 2007. The previous three Aprils had Philadelphia going 10-11 in 2004, and 10-14 in both '05 and '06. The Phillies began '06 at 0-4. You'd have to go back to '03 to find the last time the Phillies had a winning April, when they started 15-12. That was the only winning April Philadelphia has had in the last five years.Injury update: The Phillies placed right-hander Freddy Garcia (right bicep tendinitis), right-hander Jon Lieber (right oblique strain) and catcher Ryan Buddle (left oblique strain) on the disabled list Friday. All three transactions are retroactive to March 23, with Garcia, Lieber and Buddle all eligible to be reinstated Saturday on April 7. Coming up: Eaton will go up against Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday in the second game of the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The start time is 1:05 p.m. ET. Eaton enters the game with an 0-2 mark this spring, with a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings. In his most recent start Saturday, against Cincinnati, Eaton was rocked, surrendering eight hits, five runs, two homers and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. Eaton did strike out three.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less