Brad Lidge won't be pitching against a Yankees Triple-A team today. The Phillies closer had been scheduled to make his first game appearance of the spring, but the game has been rained out. Lidge could still pitch at some point today at the Carpenter Complex. Kyle Kenrick's minor league appearance was also rained out.
In other news:
1) Adam Eaton will start today against the Pirates. He should see his most significant action of the spring. This could be a pivotal day for the right-hander. If he has a solid outing and does not report any soreness in his back, there's no reason to think he isn't the No. 5 starter in this rotation.
2) In the paper today, we took a look at Vic Darensbourg, a relief pitcher who has escaped any recognition thus far into spring training. He's a long-shot to make the roster, but pitching coach Rich Dubee keeps mentioning him as a candidate for one of two remaining bullpen spots. Could he be the lefty reliever the Phillies would like to have? Darensbourg has the misfortune of having missed out on playing on four different World Series teams by just one season: He was with the Marlins in 1998, one season after they won it all. He was then traded in 2002, one season before Florida won it again. In 2004 he played a couple of games for the Chicago White Sox, who won it all the next year. Then, in 2005, he played in 22 games for the Tigers, who advanced to the series the following season.
3) Travis Blackley pitched a scoreless inning yesterday, but gave up his eighth walk of the spring, something the Phillies have said they want to see him eliminate before they award him a spot in the bullpen.
4) The Phils managed just three hits in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. We'll see if the bats awaken today.