By my count, when Jimmy Rollins arrived in the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House field today sporting a glimmering graphic tee, he ensured that all the regulars had arrived, well in advance of tomorrow's first official work out. Raul Ibanez, Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz were some of the other veterans who reported today.
In the paper today, we took a look at the catching situation, with a special emphasis on Ronny Paulino, whom the Phillies added at the winter meetings in a trade with the Pirates.
Here's the run down of some stuff that did not get into print today:
1) Pedro Feliz says he expects to be ready by Opening Day, although he still has not swung that bat since his back surgery in November. Between his continued recovery and Chase Utley's hip rehab, there should be plenty of opportunities for the glut of infielders that are present in camp. Any guesses as to the starting line-up for the first Grapefruit League game? I'll have to ponder that one for a little while before putting my educated guess on paper.
2) I had an interesting chat with Chris Coste yesterday. On paper, the Paulino audition would seem to affect him more than anyone else. But Coste endorsed the trade, saying that if he was a general manager, he absolutely would have made the deal. "You have to make that trade," he said. Here's an interesting note -- Coste and Paulino were actually in spring training together as Pirates minor leaguers during the 1999 spring training. They don't remember much about each other, however.
3) Jayson Werth arrived in camp yesterday sporting a shorter haircut. Wearing glasses, he looked like he was ready for a job interview. He won't need to interview this year, however. Right field is all his.
4) The first official workout for position players is tomorrow, but they are warming up on the field now and should start batting practice soon.