Getting the Pitchers Work
It seems in recent years the Phillies have had maybe two or three pitchers competing for jobs in the rotation.
This year there is four. Five, if you include the fact that Adam Eaton must pitch.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee must find a way for Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco — the four candidates for the fifth starter’s job — to pitch, while also getting work for Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton. Dubee said that won’t be a problem early in spring training. He can have some of those pitchers throw on the same day early in the spring because they won’t be stretched out to throw several innings. But that task will become more difficult as the spring progresses and those pitchers can pitch deeper into games.
Expect to see Hamels, Myers, etc., pitching in a few minor-league spring training games this spring, which will allow the others to pitch against big-league talent.
“It’s a nice luxury to have to know you’ve got four guys that are pretty much penciled into your rotation from the get-go,” Dubee said. “But at the same time there is a fifth spot available and there are some bullpen jobs available. One thing Charlie (Manuel) always has allowed me to do is set the pitching up. He always wants to make sure he sees everybody. So everybody will get an ample amount of time on the mound. Competition is a great thing.”
Rule 5 Draft pick Robert Mosebach is a little behind schedule because he had some shoulder tendinitis pitching last fall in the Arizona Fall League. He threw this morning, and Dubee said he threw well.
He will throw his first BP on Monday.
Hitters took like BP this morning. Not many quality swings out there.
“Guys were tracking,” Manuel said. “I didn’t see too many swings. That’s part of it. From what I saw, the pitchers got their work in.”
Pat Burrell appeared in a “Welcome to Charlotte County” parade for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Fightins compares that parade to the one the Phillies had last October. You know, that one where they celebrated the World Series.
This is a few days old, but Beerleaguer puts together an interesting list of former Phillies who are non-roster invitees in other camps this spring. … This also is a few days old, but Balls, Sticks, & Stuff has some photos from spring training 1912 — in Arkansas.