By Sam Bush

Aaron Nola threw last night for the first time since arriving late to Phils camp at CBP.

And manager Joe Girardi was “very pleased”:

“Aaron threw the ball pretty well. I thought he lost his command a little bit at the end, which is probably normal,” Girardi said after the session. “It probably comes just like any other spring training, they start to get a little fatigued in the end, but I thought he was pretty sharp.”

“He went through the lineup pretty quick in the first nine outs; I think he got nine outs in two innings. So, I was very pleased.”

Nola recorded more than three outs in his first two innings to drive up his pitch count.

The Phillies hope his pitch count reaches the mid 60s in his next outing, which could be the July 18 exhibition opener opposite Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

If all keeps going well, Girardi could soon tab Nola as his Opening Day starter.

“Girardi has not officially named Nola his opening night starter because he wants to see how the next week or so of workouts unfolds,” Salisbury writes. “But Girardi did acknowledge that Nola could indeed be the opening night starter if all continues to go well.”