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Blue Jays 6, Phillies 2 – 2/26

A few things from the Phillies’ 6-2 loss today to the Blue Jays at Bright House Field:

- Carlos Carrasco was very impressive in two perfect innings, although he is ahead of other pitchers because he pitched in winter ball in Venezuela. J.A. Happ looked pretty good, too. “It’s amazing to see these two kids go back to back,” Carlos Ruiz said. “They were very impressive.” More on Carrasco and Happ later.

- Based on e-mails and comments on the blog, people are wondering why Jayson Werth hasn’t played these first two Grapefruit League games. He also isn’t making the trip tomorrow to Sarasota to play the Reds. Is Werth hurt? “No, I’m fine,” Werth said. Charlie Manuel bristled when asked after the game why Werth hasn’t played yet. “There is absolutely zero wrong with him,” Manuel said. “Werth? He’s been hitting. He’s just not ready to go yet. What the hell? He’ll play before the season starts.” Why isn’t he ready? “Why?” Manuel said. “He’s just not ready to go. He’s just not ready to play yet. Swinging. Running. Everything. That’s all. That happens a lot. It’s no big deal. He’s not a whole lot out of shape. It’s just the way he’s going through it. No, nothing is wrong with him. Absolutely nothing.” Manuel then added that Werth likely would play Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field.

- Pedro Feliz took some swings off the practice tee today, the first time Manuel has seen him swing a bat.

- The Phillies had just six hits. Manuel said his hitters definitely are behind the pitchers at this point. The Phillies’ position players opened camp Feb. 17, so they haven’t been facing live pitching for long.

- A few Phillies fans (they had a few drinks at the Tiki Bar, I think) gave Jeremy Slayden a rough time in left field because he was wearing No. 81 — Terrell Owens‘ old number. I’m pretty sure Slayden didn’t pick the number.

Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 2/26

bright house field.jpgHere is the lineup for today’s Grapefruit League home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Jason Donald, 3B
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. John Mayberry, RF
6. Greg Dobbs, 1B
7. Marcus Giles, 2B
8. Jason Ellison, CF
9. Carlos Ruiz, C

Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco, J.A. Happ, Justin Lehr, Gary Majewski, Blaine Neal and Yorman Bazardo.

Today is the officially beginning of the competition for the fifth starter’s job. Like Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said last week, there is no “I’m just getting my work in” with Carrasco, Happ, Kyle Kendrick and Chan Ho Park. “This is a competition,” Dubee said. Best man wins? I’m not sure how it’ll work, but it should be interesting to watch because all four pitchers can make strong cases for themselves.

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The Phillies are getting a private screening of the new movie I Love You, Man tonight in Clearwater. It stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Rudd is pretty much funny in every movie I’ve seen, and I liked Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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Cole Hamels was featured in the latest Philadelphia Style Magazine.

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Carrasco had an impressive first inning. He struck out Marco Scutaro (swinging) and Joe Inglett (looking) and got Jose Bautista to ground out to third baseman Jason Donald. … Donald made a nice play on a ball that short-hopped him to to start the second inning, too. … John Mayberry made a nice catch, a rocket Travis Snider hit to right field for the second out in the second. … Another perfect inning for Carrasco. … Happ threw a perfect third, getting a ground out, fly out and strikeout. He allowed one hit in a scoreless fourth inning.

Bad Directions

gps.jpgThe Phillies had just started their team stretch this morning at McKechnie Field in Brandenton, when players unexpectedly broke out in applause.

What the … ?

They were cheering because Jimmy Rollins had just arrived. Asked about Rollins’ tardiness, Charlie Manuel, who benched Rollins once last season for showing up late to Shea Stadium, didn’t sound too upset.

“He got the wrong directions to get here,” Manuel said. “He stopped, asked a cop for directions and the cop sent him to (the Pirates’ minor-league complex). I believe him. He’s fine. But at the same time I do expect people to be here on time. That is a rule.”

Some might be wondering why Rollins didn’t take the team bus. To be honest, very few veterans take the team bus during spring training road games. Once they’re pulled from the game, they are allowed to shower, eat and head home before the game is over. Only the younger kids and non-roster invitees take the bus back.

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Manuel is looking forward to seeing Carlos Carrasco and J.A. Happ begin the competition for the fifth starter’s job tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Well, he’s kind of looking forward to it.

“I’m interested, but I’m interested to see where all of our pitchers are at,” he said.

Getting the Competition Started

Not sure if you’ve heard, but there are four pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the Phillies’ rotation: Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco.

Grapefruit League games begin Wednesday, but the competition for the fifth spot doesn’t begin until Thursday, when Carrasco and Happ face the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The Phillies have their pitching schedule lined up for the next week. Here’s a look at who’s throwing when:

Wednesday @ Pittsburgh in Bradenton: Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, Joe Bisenius, Scott Nestor, Dave Borkowski, Mike Koplove and Jake Woods.
Thursday vs. Toronto: Carrasco, Happ, Justin Lehr, Gary Majewski, Blaine Neal and Yorman Bazardo.
Friday @ Cincinnati in Sarasota: Drew Carpenter, Antonio Bastardo, Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Sergio Escalona.
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay (starters only listed): Kendrick.
Sunday @ Atlanta in Lake Buena Vista (starters only listed): Brett Myers and Park.
Monday @ Toronto in Dunedin (starters only listed): Moyer and Blanton; Happ and Carrasco.

You’ll often hear pitchers in spring training say, “I’m just getting my work in.” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made it clear the other day that “getting my work in” won’t fly for Kendrick, Happ, Park and Carrasco. This is a competition, so they’ll need to pitch well.

Cole Hamels, who is not on this list, is expected to start March 4 against Team Canada.

Hamels Is Taking Things Slowly


hamels.jpgCole Hamels
threw 262 1/3 innings last season, which include the 35 innings he threw in the playoffs.

Because of the heavy workload (and probably because of Hamels’ history with injuries), the Phillies said today they are taking things slowly with Hamels. He is one of three pitchers who are not throwing batting practice to hitters (the others are Bobby Mosebach and Mike Zagurski, both of whom are coming back from injuries).

“He’ll have extra time,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said about Hamels. “He’ll be fine.”

Grapefruit League game begin Wednesday, but Dubee said Hamels won’t pitch until March 4.

Is Hamels healthy?

“Yeah,” Dubee said. “He’s a little slow. We’re going to give him a little extra time because he took extra time off, and rightfully so. But he’s basically on his same track in spring training.”

Hamels threw a bullpen session this morning, but left camp afterward for personal reasons. He is expected to be back Monday.

“Most of our guys took a little extra time off,” Dubee said. “They probably started throwing a week or two later just to give themselves a little extra rest.”

Obviously, I’ll keep you posted.

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Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton will pitch in the Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.

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Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, threw live batting practice to lefthanded hitters Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Jeremy Slayden and Ozzie Chavez.

Lefthanders have hit .329 against Kendrick in his career. Righthanders have hit .258.

“He threw some good changeups,” Dubee said. “It’s progress. He threw some good fastballs and cutters inside to them.”

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Carlos Carrasco has been impressive so far, but he’s further along than most because he threw in the Venezuelan winter league. Dubee said he might be a little ahead of Kendrick, J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park when Grapefruit League action starts this week, but that the other three should catch up soon.

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Pitchers often say in spring training that they’re “just getting my work in.”

That won’t fly this spring for Carrasco, Kendrick, Happ and Park. They need to pitch well to win that fifth starter’s job.

“There’s a competition,” Dubee said. “If they want to get their work in they might be getting it some place else. When games start they’ll be evaluated equally. We’ll hash it out and see who wins the job.”

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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Eaton Knows His Future Is Elsewhere


adam eaton.jpgAdam Eaton
arrived in Clearwater today, ready to pitch for the Phillies.

Except come Opening Day, he won’t be.

He knows that. Ruben Amaro Jr. said last month that the competition for the fifth starter’s job is a four-man race: J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park, Kyle Kendrick and Carlos Carrasco. Eaton? The man with the three-year, $24.5 million contract? The man who is making $8.5 million this season? He will be in camp, but he is likely to be released before the end of spring training.

Here is some of what Eaton said today:

On Amaro’s comments that the fifth starter’s job is a four-man race: “What I knew already. Obviously, it hasn’t been the best fit here. I haven’t had two good years. I need to establish myself again. It might not be here. It might be somewhere else. It’s nobody’s fault by any means. There’s a lot of pitchers vying for a fifth spot. A couple years ago it was myself and (Jon) Lieber. Stuff happens. Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully nothing does happen and it makes it a very difficult decision for them. I’ll just get ready for the season. If it’s a season to be a Phillie, so be it. I’m happy with that. If it’s somewhere else …”

On his chances of breaking camp with the Phillies: “I think the odds on favorite would be going somewhere else. But that is a good thing, too. This isn’t the only place I can pitch. There’s a lot more teams out there that need pitching. I hope to pitch well this spring, whether I make this team or some other team.”

On taking the option to return home to Washington rather then pitch in Clearwater during the National League Division Series. (Players that went to Clearwater rejoined the team to watch the NLCS and World Series from the dugout.): “Let’s be honest here. I didn’t pitch in September. I’m not going to pitch in the postseason. It was a loaded question. Whether I watched it here and continued to work out or I watched it at home, same result. Whether or not they frowned upon my decision, if you didn’t want me to decide that then you shouldn’t have given me the option.”

On that decision being looked at as not supporting his teammates: “It wasn’t just that question. It was an accumulation of things to lead to that point. If I’m there, I don’t want to detract from what’s going on. I don’t need to be an extra guy around. … There’s differences to each side of the story. I haven’t heard of any gripes amongst guys or anything like that. I don’t think they have an opinion, and if they do I hope they come express them to me.”

On if he wants to hear from Amaro or Charlie Manuel or somebody about where he stands: “I think everybody needs to know where they stand. I have an idea where I stand, just from hearing about what you guys write about. Obviously, if they want to trade they’re going to want to get me out there (and pitch this spring).”

On if he is disappointed with what has been said: “Obviously, there are a lot of things that can happen. For me it’s well known that I’m not in the mix to make this team. At the same time a lot of things can happen. I’m not going to shortchange myself or my teammates now, or my teammates in the future. This is my career. This is what I love to do. So I’m going to prepare myself, whether it’s to be a Phillie or not.”

On if he will wear his World Series ring: “Why wouldn’t I? Obviously, a lot of peole get them that didn’t compete. But definitely if I were to win another one and I competed I think that one would be more satisfying.”

On his absence from the World Series parade: “I think if I was invited I probably would have shown up.”

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