If you are wondering why Chris Coste has just one at-bat this spring, there is a good reason: he is hampered by a sore hamstring that could sideline him for the rest of this week. Coste said today that the injury is "very, very minor," but it was decided last week that he would be better off staying out of games for seven-to-10 days in order to prevent he injury from worsening. Coste tried to play through a similar injury in the spring of 2007 and was not happy with the results (he wound up starting the season on the 15-day disabled list and then was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa).
Coste said he injured the hamstring during base-running drills prior to the start of Grapefruit League action. He had one at-bat in the Phillies' spring opener and hasn't played since.
Coste has been taking batting practice and fielding practice. The only facet of his game which is hampered is his running. Today is the seventh day since his last at-bat. Saturday will mark the 10th day, so if all goes according to plan it sounds like he could be back in action sometime next week.
"As much as it is disappointing not to play right now, I can take 7-10 days off and still have three and a half weeks left," Coste said.
In other injury news, Jayson Werth likely won't play again until Friday. Werth had two at-bats in a "B" game Monday, but did not swing the bat at all, striking out twice.
"I foresee playing here shortly," the outfielder said.
Chad Durbin still doesn't know when the Phillies will schedule him to pitch in the game, but he will throw a bullpen session tomorrow, the first since he was scratched from an appearance in Sarasota on Friday. Durbin is limited by a hamstring injury, but said today he feels "great."
Here is the line-up for today:
- Eric Bruntlett CF
- Miguel Cairo 2B
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Geoff Jenkins RF
- Greg Dobbs 3B
- John Mayberry DH
- Jason Donald SS
- Ronny Paulino C