Four pitchers have the best chances to make the Phillies starting rotation at the start of the season if Cliff Lee and/or Aaron Harang are injured or aren't ready:

David Buchanan

Where he stands: If Cliff Lee can't avoid surgery on his torn flexor tendon, Buchanan likely slots in as the Phillies' No. 4 or No. 5 starter.

His spring so far: The second-year righthander has pitched well in three outings (one start), allowing only two runs over seven innings.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Where he stands: Like Buchanan, he currently slots in as either the Phillies' fourth or fifth starter, dependent on Lee's status.

His spring so far: The Cuban righthander has struggled over seven innings, giving up seven runs and 12 hits. He has yielded a home run in each of his three appearances.

Kevin Slowey

Where he stands: Competing as a nonroster invitee for a spot as perhaps the fifth starter or the long reliever, the veteran is probably still on the outside looking in at a roster spot if Harang is healthy.

His spring so far: Allowed his first two runs of the spring Sunday against the Yankees. Over 72/3 innings the veteran righthander has allowed only six hits.

Paul Clemens

Where he stands: Probably a long shot to make the roster given Slowey's experience and track record. Another nonroster invitee, Clemens could also be in the mix as a long reliever.

His spring so far: The 27-year-old experienced a good start to the spring before walking four Astros in 21/3 innings on Saturday. He allowed three runs on four hits and increased his spring ERA to 4.26.

- Jake Kaplan

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