Ethan Martin shut down; Today's Phillies' lineup

Ethan Martin shut down; Today's Phillies' lineup
March 1, 2014, 11:00 am
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Ethan Martin posted a 6.08 ERA in 15 games -- eight starts -- with the Phillies last season. (USA Today Images)

Marlon Byrd pays tribute to Allen Iverson's No. 3 retirement by wearing his name during batting practice today. (Jim Salisbury)

Phillies pitcher Ethan Martin has been diagnosed with a strained shoulder capsule and will be shut down for three weeks, the team announced Saturday.

Martin made his first appearance of the spring on Thursday. The 24-year-old allowed three hits and a walk in the fifth inning of the Phils' 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays before leaving the field with a trainer.

The injury is the latest blow to the Phils' already thin starting pitching depth. Jonathan Pettibone has been sidelined with shoulder soreness since early in camp, Adam Morgan had shoulder surgery in January, and Cole Hamels is behind schedule after on offseason bout of shoulder tendinitis.

The Phillies have Sean O'Sullivan and Jeff Manship, non-roster starters with big-league experience, at camp and might look to add starting depth by stretching B.J. Rosenberg's innings.

David Buchanan, who pitched at Double A and Triple A last season, will start for the Phils on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees. The game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

The Phils will also get their first look at Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who is scheduled to throw two innings in his spring debut (see story).

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz have been given the afternoon off. Cesar Hernandez will get the start at second base, Darin Ruf will handle duties at first base and Cameron Rupp will be behind the plate.

Marlon Byrd will serve as the Phils' designated hitter and hit cleanup. Bobby Abreu, who did not start on Friday, will play right field and bat fifth.

Here's a look at the full lineup:

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Domonic Brown, LF
4. Marlon Byrd, DH
5. Bobby Abreu, RF
6. Darin Ruf, 1B
7. Cody Asche, 3B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Cesar Hernandez, 2B

Starting pitcher: Buchanan