On Kendrick, Lidge, Romero, Ibanez, Werth

1) Kyle Kendrick pitches today against the Astros, so it would make sense if Charlie Manuel, Rich Dubee and Ruben Amaro Jr. met yesterday morning to finalize their plans for the young righthander. I'll be surprsied if tomorrow isn't the day we find out the identity of the Phillies' fifth starter.

2) RHP Danys Baez is scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days today after appearing in a minor league game yesterday.

3) RHP Brad Lidge is scheduled to throw in a minor league game today. Yesterday, pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Lidge's arm speed is coming slower than that of lefthander J.C. Romero, who looked remarkably crisp yesterday in his first game-action of the season. But Dubee said he wasn't concerned about that fact. Lidge, who is coming off both knee and elbow surgery, is dealing with a different set of circumstances than Romero. Plus, Dubee said, a power closer like Lidge usually progresses slower.

"Power guys, especially closers, they come a little bit slower," Dubee said. "A lot of them come with adrenaline also. Billy Wagner was one of the finest at looking absolutely awful in spring training. He didn't have arm speed and he didn't have adrenaline. Closers pitch off a lot of adrenaline."

We'll let you know how Lidge looked in his minor league outing a little later on.

4) Paul Hagen has an analysis of Raul Ibanez's situation in today's paper. Ibanez hasn't played since Friday, when he was hit on the elbow by a pitch against the Yankees. Ibanez has four hits in 41 at-bats this spring. Before his three-day layoff, he looked to be seeing the ball better. We'll have to see how this break affected him.

5) Jayson Werth's beard is no longer. The right fielder is back to sporting his trademark goatee.