CLEARWATER, Fla - The Phillies were encouraged by the results of an examination today of righthanded pitcher Freddy Garcia.
Assistant general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. said Garcia, who left in the first inning of last night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of tightness in his right bicep, has some tenderness in his bicep, but still has good strength. He said the team would prevent him from throwing for the next few days for precautionary reasons.
Amaro said it was still too early to tell whether Garcia's injury would affect the team's rotation to start the season, although it remains likely that he will start the season on the disabled list.
Before last night's game, the team announced that Jon Lieber would move to the bullpen and pitch today against the Boston Red Sox. He threw two innings, striking out three batters and allowing two hits, in a 4-4 tie at Bright House Networks Field.
"As far as I know [the rotation] will not change at this stage of the game," Amaro said. "That's one of the beauties of having six starters. If we were to have a problem or one of them were to go down, we obviously have an alternative to rely on."
As for Lieber, he said after the game that he felt a lot different in preparation to pitch in relief than he did as a starter.
"Hell yeah, it was different," Lieber said. "I only had a chance to throw 10-15 pitches before I had to go out there and get them."
Lieber said he would see how he feels tomorrow, but was still visibly frustrated with the recent move.
"I can't let it affect my preparation. I was dealt these cards so I have to deal with them," he said.
Amaro also said reports from an examination done on catcher Carlos Ruiz, scratched before the start of Wednesday's game because of soreness in his right shoulder, were promising. He said the team will rest Ruiz for a couple days as well.