David Buchanan probably didn't have Saturday pegged for his Major League debut, but the Phillies will need him to be ready. The 25-year-old right-hander will replace Cliff Lee, who is on the disabled list with a left elbow strain.
Buchanan was one of the bright spots in Spring Training and has been solid for Triple-A Lehigh Valley -- going 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts. Saturday's contest against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park will also mark the first time that a player from Georgia State will start a Major League game.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has been impressed with the righty's arsenal and demeanor even though he hasn't seen him pitch since March.
"He does have four pitches that he throws for strikes and in Spring Training, he mixed his pitches real well and that was impressive. He also had the ability to stay down in the zone with all of his pitches," Sandberg said. "I thought he was very mature. I think he handled everything for his first big league camp. He opened up a lot of eyes."
Buchanan will have the tall task of dealing with a Dodgers offense that entered this series hitting .274 in May. Part of the attack recently has come from Carl Crawford, who went 2-4 with a solo home run in Friday night's 2-0 victory. The outfielder is hitting .357 and has scored seven runs in his last eight games.
The Dodgers, after receiving six shutout innings from ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener, will tab veteran righty Dan Haren to give them another quality start. Haren comes into Saturday's matchup at 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA. He hasn't pitched fewer than five innings in any of his nine starts.
Success for Haren has usually been elusive when facing the Phillies. He was saddled with a no-decision when they visited Los Angeles in late April, going six innings and allowing three runs (one earned).
Haren is 1-4 lifetime against the Phillies with a 4.67 ERA in nine starts. He's been worse at Citizens Bank Park -- 0-2 with 6.75 ERA .
Phillies: Revere in center-field rotation
Ben Revere has started just once since May 14, but Sandberg said on Friday that it doesn't necessarily mean he will continue to rotate Revere, John Mayberry Jr. and Tony Gwynn Jr. in center field on a long-term basis.
"Little bit of matchups as of late," the skipper said. "But it doesn't have to be the case."
But Revere's production must improve. He entered the series hitting .266 with two triples, five RBIs and a .575 OPS, which ranks 167th out of 173 qualifying hitters in baseball.
Dodgers: Mattingly juggling his outfield
With Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all healthy at the same time, manager Don Mattingly will to continue to shuffle around his All-Star outfielders. Center field is the biggest area in flux, as Ethier earned the start over Kemp on Friday.
Ethier, hitting .272 with two home runs and 21 RBIs, hadn't played since he came in as a defensive substitution last Tuesday against the Mets. Kemp has had similar struggles at the plate, collecting three hits in his last four games and totaling just 13 RBIs for the season. His defensive struggles lately have also become a concern.
"We haven't sat down and said anything about what we are going to do," Mattingly said on Friday. "We keep having talks and discussions about how we are going to go about things. Matt is a part of our team. I think we try to put our best team out there and that's what we will continue to do."
• Twenty-three years ago on Friday, Tommy Greene threw the eighth no-hitter in Phillies history. Greene walked seven Expos, struck out 10 and threw 130 pitches in front of an announced crowd of 8,833 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
• Unlike Haren's poor track record in Philadelphia, the Dodgers are 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.