Philadelphia's rotation had already been a cause for concern even before a potential season-ending injury to Brett Myers. The Phillies, though, have every reason to be confident with Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ in the pitching against the Washington Nationals.
Hamels, the Phillies' 2002 first-round draft choice, will be under pressure to pick up the slack for the Phillies with Myers out. But he's looking to continue his success against the lowly Nationals as the teams play the middle game of their series Saturday night.
Happ, meanwhile, followed up a strong starting debut against the Yankees last Saturday, when he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of a 5-4 loss, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Happ improved to 3-0 after allowing three runs off three hits over 5.1 innings in Friday night's 5-4 victory over the Nats.
The Phils have won eight of their 10 meetings with the Nationals and are now 10-14 at home this season.
Saturday's game begins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.