First, we'll give you the Phillies' line-up for tonight's game, but later we'll break down some interesting comments from Charlie Manuel.
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Placido Polanco 3B
- Chase Utley 2B
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Jayson Werth RF
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Greg Dobbs DH
- John Mayberry Jr. CF
- Carlos Ruiz C
No real surprises there. Victorino was expected to miss tonight's game, and will likely sit tomorrow as well as he tries to shake a lingering case of soreness in his throwing shoulder. The two-time gold glove center fielder has been playing catch between 90 and 120 feet, and Manuel doesn't expect him to be sidelined for more than two or three days.
"If you watch him throw out there, he's dying to get out there and throw 180 feet to 200 feet right now," Manuel said. (Head athletic trainer) Scott Sheridan's had a hard time keeping him between 90 and 120. He's going to be ready. I'd be surprised if Victorino in the next two or three days if he's not on the field training."
Otherwise, the most news-worthy comment from Manuel came when addressing his ability to get short stop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley some rest during the regular season. Although new third baseman Placido Polanco was a gold glove second baseman in Detroit, Manuel said he doesn't envision sliding Polanco over to second and starting Greg Dobbs at third very often, if at all.
"I'd like to be able to rest him just like Rollins or Utley," Manuel said of Polanco. "I'll tell you right now, I don't foresee bouncing Polly around to second for two or three or four or five games. Now, if we are going to send him over there say if something happened and Ut got hurt and he was out for a period of time. . .but I don't think putting Polly over there for one or two days in the whole season, that doesn't appeal to me."
J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge both threw bullpen sessions today, continuing their respective recoveries from offseason surgeries. Both are eager to fast forward their progress, but the Phillies are determined to take a conservative approach with both.
Also, as noted above, John Mayberry Jr. will start in center field in place of Victorino. Manuel has complimented Mayberry several times this spring about his approach during batting practice, so it will be interesting to see whether that translates into better performance in games.