If not for injury, Saturday's pitching matchup could have featured contrasting styles -- the power fastball of Miami's Nathan Eovaldi vs. the frazzling changeup of Philadelphia's Cole Hamels.
It's not to be because Hamels is on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, and he isn't expected to return before late April.
With Hamels out, the Phillies are going with right-hander Jonathan Pettibone in his place.
Pettibone makes his season debut on Saturday in the second of three games between the National League East rivals.
The Phillies weighed their options to fill the rotation spot vacated by Hamels, and Pettibone got the nod. Technically, the right-hander was brought in as the fifth starter.
"Pettibone also earned an opportunity to pitch with us," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently. "He got hurt [last year]. He was still fairly effective and he was still learning, but we think he's got a strong future as a starter for us. As long as we felt he was aggressive and healthy, he was probably the No. 1 candidate going in anyway."
Pettibone opened the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he will stay in the rotation until Hamels returns, perhaps as early as April 22 in Los Angeles.
Because of off-days, the Phillies had not needed a fifth starter until Saturday.
In 2013, Pettibone went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts. He was 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts against the Marlins, so the previously slumping Phillies are hoping the right-hander continues that success against Miami. Philly scored six runs off Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in Friday night's series-opening win.
The Marlins, meanwhile, lost their fifth straight and are hoping to get some momentum with Eovaldi on the mound.
According to fangraphs.com, Eovaldi's fastball averaged 95.8 mph in his first two starts. That ranks third highest among all MLB starters.
"He's got a gift," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He's got an arm, it's a power arm. This guy, I have only seen a couple of guys who are able to throw as hard without a whole lot of effort as long as he can. It's amazing."
Redmond recalls a start Eovaldi had last year at San Francisco.
"I don't think he threw a pitcher under 95 [mph]," Redmond said.
Eovaldi is coming off a tough-luck loss against the Padres. He was cruising until two on and two out in the seventh, when he allowed a game-changing, three-run, pinch-hit home run to Alexi Amarista.
Eovaldi has made six career starts against the Phillies, and he is 1-4 with a 4.13 ERA.
Phillies: Revere rests ribs
Center fielder Ben Revere did not start Friday because of tenderness in his ribs. He is day to day.
Revere hit the turf hard a couple of times Wednesday trying to make diving catches at Citizens Bank Park. He played Thursday, but it affected his swing.
"It's a good chance to let him mend up a little bit," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Marlins: Plenty of No. 2 options
Already in the young season, the Marlins have used Christian Yelich, Jeff Baker and Derek Dietrich in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. On Friday night, it was Marcell Ozuna's turn.
Ozuna may not be the prototypical second hitter because he isn't the most patient hitter. But he has power and good speed, which makes him an intriguing player.
"I'm not afraid to mix and match, tweak and adjust," Redmond said. "I like him hitting in front of the big boys."
Redmond notes that Washington's Jayson Werth also isn't a prototypical second hitter, yet he has hit in the spot before.
• Phillies right-hander Mike Adams is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Saturday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He could be activated Monday.
• Hamels is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Class A Clearwater. He could make just one more rehab start before rejoining the Phillies' rotation April 22.
• Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria doubled in the second inning on Friday night, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to nine games dating back to last year.