Thursday lineup notes
A lot of the regulars were missing from the lineup vs. the Phillies. You may recall in Spring Training that manager Bryan Price tipped he would likely rest Devin Mesoraco, Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton more often because they were coming off surgeries. They would likely play two of every three or three of every four games, at least starting out.
“Billy, I think, would be the best to play today but I wanted to make sure that I got Schebler and Duvall out there together every now and again,” Price said. “This first month will be a month of select days off for those three players. And also it is important for these guys that are going to be spending more time probably coming off the bench get some at-bats early in the season to stay familiar with their swings.”
Brandon Phillips is out of the lineup again because he’s still bothered by a stomach virus. Phillips, as of 10:30 am, was not at the ballpark.