Sunday Morning Notes
Just five days remaining before the Phillies fly north to Philadelphia.
Just eight days remaining before Opening Day.
Ready to get home.
But first a little business. The Phillies today optioned John Mayberry Jr. to Minor League camp. They also reassigned catcher Dane Sardinha and infielder Ozzie Chavez. No surprises there. Mayberry hit .289 with three doubles, one home run and six RBIs this spring. If something should happen to one of the Phillies’ outfielders this season he likely would be the first man up.
Raul Ibanez isn’t in today’s lineup against the Pirates. He got hit with a pitch in the right elbow Friday night. He had his elbow wrapped in ice this morning. Not a good spring for Ibanez. He is hitting .098 (4 for 41), easily the worst spring of his professional career since he became an everyday player in 2002.
Here is the pitching schedule the remainder of the exhibition season:
- Monday vs. Braves: J.A. Happ, Antonio Bastardo, Chad Durbin and Danys Baez.
- Tuesday @ Astros: Kyle Kendrick, Jose Contreras, David Herndon and Baez.
- Wednesday vs. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay, Ryan Madson and Durbin.
- Thursday vs. Pirates: Baez, Bastardo, Madson and Herndon.
- Friday vs. Pirates at Citizens Bank Park: Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Bastardo and Contreras.
- Saturday vs. Pirates at Citizens Bank Park: Blanton, Happ, Madson and Durbin.
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