The Phillies open their Grapefruit League season this afternoon against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Here is the Phillies’ lineup:
- Pete Orr, 2B
- Ross Gload, DH
- Raul Ibanez, LF
- Ryan Howard, 1B
- Ben Francisco, CF
- Domonic Brown, RF
- Jeff Larish, 3B
- Brian Schneider, C
- Wilson Valdez, SS
Charlie Manuel said he scratched Jimmy Rollins from the lineup because Rollins missed the last two days of workouts. He said Rollins will play tomorrow in the Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees at Bright House Field.
Chase Utley is not playing because of what Manuel has called soreness in his knees and legs. I’m not sure what to make of it. Utley would not say this morning what the problem is, but it’s something. Keep an eye on this, especially if Utley isn’t in the lineup early next week. Jayson Werth missed the first three Grapefruit League games in 2009 because he “wasn’t ready to play,” the implication being Werth wasn’t in baseball shape. The difference here is Manuel said Utley has soreness, although he said it only comes from rigorous workouts.
Is there cause for concern? Utley played coy when asked what’s wrong.
“If there’s cause for concern you’ll be the first to know,” Utley said.