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Top pitching prospect Aaron Nola to start against Yankees on Friday

The Phillies rotation is a mess right now, which could be a reason why the powers that be feel that it is a good time to get a glimpse of the future. Or maybe they just need to sell some tickets. Either way, 2014 first round draft pick Aaron Nola will get a big league start against the Yankees on Friday, the team said today. Additionally, pitching prospect Severino Gonzalez will face the Braves in Orlando tomorrow while Aaron Harang pitches in a minor league game at the Carpenter Complex. Neither Gonzalez nor Nola are being added to the major league roster -- their starts are just cameos. Both are expected to open up the season in the minors. Nola has never in his life started a game on four days rest, so you can forget about him joining the big league club before midseason, if at all. The Phillies eased him into action last year allowing him five and six days of rest before his starts at Class A and Class AA. College pitchers usually pitch once a week. So Nola needs to get his body accustomed to the once-every-five-days routine of a professional pitcher before his a candidate to join the Phillies.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see Nola in a Grapefruit League game.