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Sheffield to the Mets

Gary Sheffield is not coming to the Phillies.

A team source said earlier they were out of the running for his services. And sure enough, the move is official: Sheffield to the Mets. Sheffield, who the Detroit Tigers released Tuesday, signed with the Mets because they could offer him more playing time. The Phillies source said the Phillies will move on and look elsewhere for help.

If they cannot find anybody via trade or through the waiver wire, Miguel Cairo is likely to start the season on the bench.

More Bench Talk, Donald Sent to Minors

Miguel Cairo went 1 for 1 with two RBIs in today’s 8-3 victory over the Yankees. He’s hitting .286 this spring.

I think he’s the favorite to win a bench job should the Phillies decide they must have an extra righthanded bat for the bench. I also think he has the edge if the Phillies decide to open the season with 11 pitchers.

“I think he can play all the positions,” Charlie Manuel said. “I think he’s a good utility player. His bat is starting to show up. He’s starting to come on big with his bat. I think that’s a big plus for him.”

Marcus Giles (.182) went 1 for 1.

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The Phillies re-assigned Jason Donald, Dave Borkowski and Jake Woods to Minor League camp. Donald hit .296 in the Grapefruit League, but with Jimmy Rollins returning to camp tomorrow he was about to see a serious cut in playing time. The Phillies like Donald a lot, so they would like to see him play every day at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Phillies vs. Pirates – 3/13

tikibar.jpgHere is the lineup for today’s game against the Pirates at Bright House Field:

1. Eric Bruntlett, LF
2. Jason Donald, SS
3. Raul Ibanez, DH
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, CF
6. John Mayberry Jr., RF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Miguel Cairo, 2B
9. Carlos Ruiz, C

Scheduled to pitch: Joe Blanton, Bobby Mosebach and Ryan Madson.

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We took a look yesterday at the bench situation. I’m really not sure which way it will break, and I’m not sure the Phillies do, either. But I do sense they prefer Jason Donald and John Mayberry Jr. get regular at-bats in the minor leagues than get a couple pinch-hit at-bats a week in the majors, if possible. The last man on Charlie Manuel‘s bench doesn’t get many at-bats (i.e. Michael Bourn, So Taguchi, Alex Gonzalez), and that could impede their progress. So I get the feeling the Phillies will have to decide if they want three lefthanders on their bench (Greg Dobbs, Geoff Jenkins and Matt Stairs) or go with one of the veteran righthanded bats they have in camp (Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles and Pablo Ozuna).

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The Yahoo! Answer Man interviews Shane Victorino with special guest appearances from Marcus Giles and Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus Eight. … Phinally Philly takes a look at the Wall of Fame nominees. … The Fightins has the ad Pat Burrell placed in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News today.

Burrell Makes Some Adjustments

Pat Burrell is in Tampa Bay Rays camp, and the former Phillies leftfielder talked about the adjustments he is facing.

One of those adjustments is being a DH.

“I haven’t done a whole lot of it,” Burrell said. “I’m trying to talk to as many guys as I can about that, trying to get the right mind-set. The whole deal is getting comfortable. Spring Training is a good time for that. And I haven’t spoken to [Rays manager] Joe [Maddon] too much about it. But it looks like that’s what I’m going to be doing most of my time. It’s something I’ve got to work on and get comfortable with.”

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The Phillies completed their first full squad workout today. Charlie Manuel said Chase Utley has moved past Pedro Feliz in terms of being ready for Opening Day. Utley is taking fielding practice and taking swings off the practice tee. Feliz is doing neither, but could be throwing in a few days.

The uncertainty surrounding Utley and Feliz means camp should be especially interesting for Eric Bruntlett, Jason Donald, Marcus Giles and Miguel Cairo. Only Bruntlett is guaranteed a spot on the team, but the other three could be needed to fill the void if Utley and/or Feliz aren’t ready to start the season.

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Manuel won’t be at tomorrow’s workout. He’s flying to Colorado to attend the funeral of Giants scout Ted Uhlaender. They played together in the Minnesota Twins organization.

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Mike Schmidt is in camp, and will meet with reporters tomorrow morning.

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The Phillies are being fitting for tuxedo’s tomorrow for a photo shoot Friday with the World Series trophy. The photo will appear in Phillies magazine.

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Here’s an entertaining exchange between Larry Bowa and Brad Penny.

Phils Sign Cairo

The Phillies signed infielder Miguel Cairo to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cairo is inventory for the Phillies, meaning he likely isn’t the right-handed bat they’re looking for. The Phillies remain interested in Nomar Garciaparra, who would be that right-handed bat off the bench. But the sense I get is that Garciaparra is unlikely to sign.

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