Zack Wheeler returns for Phillies, Sam Coonrod optioned, Brandon Marsh out of lineup

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Brandon Marsh out of Phillies' lineup; Zack Wheeler in, Sam Coonrod out originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

One day after jamming his left knee into the outfield wall attempting to make a catch, Phillies center fielder Brandon Marsh was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's night game against Toronto.

The Phillies evaluated Marsh until about 2½ hours before game time before deciding he would not start. Matt Vierling started in center field against Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman. Nick Maton was in right field in place of Nick Castellanos, who remains out with an oblique strain.

Manager Rob Thomson said Marsh was available off the bench Wednesday night. The Phillies will face Atlanta lefty Max Fried on Thursday night so the lefty-hitting Marsh might not start the game. He projects to start Friday night against Atlanta right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

Zack Wheeler returned to the Phillies' starting rotation Wednesday night after a month on the injured list. To clear a roster spot for Wheeler, the Phillies optioned reliever Sam Coonrod to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series against Atlanta:

Thursday night: LHP Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.53) vs. LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.52)

Friday night: RHP Aaron Nola (9-12, 3.38) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 4.04)

Saturday afternoon: LHP Bailey Falter (5-3, 3.68) vs. RHP Kyle Wright (19-5, 3.18)

Sunday afternoon: RHP Kyle Gibson (10-7, 4.71) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.09)

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