It hasn’t been all good news for the Phillies during Spring Training.
Darin Ruf is a man without a position for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.
Cole Hamels said he wasn’t worried about his recovery from biceps tendonitis. As recently as Monday, Hamels said his plan was to return within the first couple of weeks of the season. That timeline might be changing.
It’s been well-reported that Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo-Gonzalez has started slowly during Spring Training. Though his velocity has increased, it still seems like he’s rusty, and working his way back. That process might take a while.
Today’s Phillies game in Clearwater ended in a 2-2 tie.
Jesse Biddle is living a dream. Biddle is from the area, attended Germantown Friends, and grew up a Phillies fan. So to be drafted by his favorite team, and have the chance to make the big league club is an opportunity that very few people ever have.
Spring Training is different for the Phillies this year. Not just because of the new faces like Larry Bowa, AJ Burnett, and Marlon Byrd, but because of what is expected of the players by manager Ryne Sandberg.
When Jonathan Papelbon talks, there is usually quite a bit of reaction. Earlier this year, when Papelbon said that he doesn’t perform as well when the team isn’t winning, that reaction was generally negative. It seems it wasn’t only a lack of fire that caused Papelbon’s disappointing 2013 season.
Even the biggest supporters of former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would have admitted the team was in need of a change. Surely there were other reasons, including personnel and injuries that caused that disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013, but the clubhouse needed a jolt of energy. Ryne Sandberg seems to be bringing that to the table in Clearwater this year.
The Phillies lost to the Blue Jays, 7-5.
Jose Bautista hit a long home run off Roberto Hernandez three batters into the game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday in rain-shortened spring training opener for both teams.
Apropos of nothing, aside from baseball being back, here is a Jayson Werth photo from Washington Nationals photo day. Werth is looking like the newest member of WWE’s Wyatt Family.
The Phillies newest regular color analysts for television broadcasts bring back memories of the team’s last World Series title in 2008. They’re adding a little 1980 flavor to it as well.
The Phillies won only 73 games in 2013. One sports book thinks they’ll be better this year, just not by much.
Sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation. No one hoped or expected that the 2013 Phillies would end the season 20 games under .500, that’s the bad situation. Reliever Jake Diekman found a way to make the best of it.