Roy Halladay breezed through three scoreless innings, then got the official word: He'll start on opening day for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Whether rookie outfielder Domonic Brown or Chase Utley will be with the Phillies then is uncertain.
Brown broke his right hand during a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in Clearwater, Fla., an injury that may require surgery.
“If he has to have some type of surgery on it, it would be anywhere from three to six weeks of recovery time,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Utley, meanwhile, remained sidelined after having a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee Friday. An MRI last week revealed patellar tendinitis, and Utley hasn’t played in any exhibition games this spring. The team is not ruling out the possibility of the injury could be more serious.
Brown, the team’s top prospect, was 0-for-15 this spring before the game. He hurt himself when he swung at the first pitch of his first at-bat, stayed in the game and singled through the middle. He later came out.
Amaro said an X-ray showed the fracture. Brown will be re-evaluated Monday or Tuesday.
The Pirates did all of their scoring after Halladay exited the game. The National League Cy Young Award winner held Pittsburgh to one hit and struck out four in his second spring start.
“I felt a lot better than last time, not just throwing strikes but throwing good strikes,” Halladay said.
After the game, pitching coach Rich Dubee said Halladay would start the opener April 1 against Houston. He’ll be followed by Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton.
Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ opening day starter, allowed one hit and struck out three in four scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Cincinnati. Chipper Jones hit his first homer this spring and Derek Lowe extended his scoreless string to five innings over two starts in Atlanta’s 6-4 win over the Mets. Indians third baseman Jason Donald sustained a badly bruised left hand when he was hit by a pitch from White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Prince Fielder ended an 0-for-7 start to his spring with a two-run homer in Milwaukee’s 2-1 win over the Angels. Bryce Harper, 2010’s top draft choice, drove in his first big-league run with an eighth-inning single as the Nationals beat the Yankees, 10-8.