Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring Update - 2/20

All Phillies are currently healthy, a statement which looks to stick. The veterans will ease into their positions while rookies/ young guys get a chance to compete for spots in the OF, bullpen & April back-up catching position.


The biggest news is that Roy Halladay will not be the opening day starter for the first time as a Phillie. He, Lee, and Hamels will pitch in the opening series. Dubee wants to split the lefties just like he did the last few seasons. The spring rotation is lined up exactly as I wanted it. Whether that translates to the regular season remains to be seen.


Chase Utley will play in his first Grapefruit League game since 2010 on Saturday. With him getting rest and Orr playing for Team Canada in the Classic, 2B Cesar Hernandez will probably get a good chunk of playing time early in camp as a member of the 40-man roster.


Mike Adams will not pitch in games until March, which is not unusual for him. Plus, he had off-season surgery, so they'll be cautious at first. He's on a normal throwing program though, so no DL time anticipated. With him, Papelbon, Durbin, and Bastardo locked in, there are eleven (11) relievers (six righties and five lefties) competing for three spots - two of the spots are most likely reserved for lefties.


Ben Revere is the only lock. With Delmon Young possibly opening the year on the DL, there are five players competing for four spots.


Further break-downs of the competition can be found in previous entries.

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