DUNEDIN, Fla. - Sean O'Sullivan arrived at the Phillies minor-league complex before sunrise on Tuesday. The righthander did not know that in a little more than five hours he would start a 10-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
"My wife was looking online and she said, 'Hey I think you're starting for the Phillies tomorrow,'" O'Sullivan said. "And I was like 'I'm not going to be believe anything until someone tells me what's happening.'"
Minor league pitching coach Ray Burris confirmed the news once O'Sullivan arrived in the morning. He walked over to the major-league complex at 11 a.m. and boarded the team's bus for the short ride to Dunedin.
"I was supposed to pitch today either way," O'Sullivan said. "That type of thing shouldn't be a factor either way."
O'Sullivan allowed four runs and five hits. He was removed from the game after allowing a leadoff homer in the fifth. The righthander is a candidate to be the team's fifth starting pitcher even if he begins the season at triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies will not need a fifth starter until April 15.
“I’m taking the ball whenever they give it to me,” O’Sullivan said. “I haven’t looked at any schedule. I don’t even know when we’re leaving. Right now, I’m just a day at a time. Take the ball when they give it to me.”