Kendrick to assume Cloyd's start Wednesday

Kendrick to assume Cloyd's start Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies shuffled their rotation slightly in preparation for the season's final stretch, as Kyle Kendrick is slated to pitch in Tyler Cloyd's spot on Wednesday, according to the team's official game notes.

Because of Monday's off-day, Wednesday's start will be on regular rest for Kendrick (10-11, 3.89 ERA). Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.05 ERA) will start the series opener against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Following Hamels and Kendrick, Thursday's starter remains up in the air. It could be Cloyd (2-1, 3.86 ERA), who pitched eight innings of one-run ball against the Mets on Thursday, or Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40 ERA), who struggled through the second-shortest outing of his career in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Halladay said after the game that he had been bothered a bit by "spasms" in the area behind his right shoulder but that it was nothing major. He said he hoped to make his final two starts.