Phils reveal starters for first 3 spring games

Alec Asher to pitch Grapefruit League opener on Friday

Phils reveal starters for first 3 spring games

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies on Tuesday announced their starting pitchers for three games this week.

Minor League right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. will pitch Thursday afternoon in an exhibition against the University of Tampa. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said he expects a few of the big league relief pitchers to follow him.

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Right-hander Alec Asher will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Friday afternoon against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Left-hander Adam Morgan will pitch the home opener Saturday afternoon against the Yankees at Spectrum Field.

McClure said right-hander Jeremy Hellickson could pitch Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Hellickson is expected to be the Phillies' Opening Day starter, although it is not official. 

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.