Tonight's Lineup: Another Start for Aaron Altherr … If Phillies Play

Aaron Altherr's audition continues Tuesday night - if the Phillies play, that is.

It's been raining in Philadelphia since early Tuesday morning and as of 2:30 p.m., the forecast called for 70 percent rain until 7 p.m. and then 90 percent until 9 p.m.

With how frequently the Phillies and Marlins play, this game wouldn't be difficult to reschedule if it's rained out.

A possible make-up date is Monday, Aug. 21. The Marlins return to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series Aug. 22-24, but both teams are off the day before the series begins.

Until first pitch, it is the home team's call whether or not to postpone the game. Then, the power transfers to the umpires.

Back to the lineup: For Altherr, it would be a sixth straight start. Howie Kendrick's oblique injury has provided the 26-year-old outfielder another chance to play regularly, and so far, so good for Altherr. He's 9 for 21 with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and seven runs scored over his last six games.

Altherr is also the Phillies' best defensive outfielder, so if he continues to hit it will be tough for Pete Mackanin to pull him out of the lineup when Kendrick is ready to return. That's where Kendrick's versatility comes into play - he could play first base or second base on any given night, opening up a spot in the corner outfield for Altherr.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Michael Saunders, RF
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P

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