The Pirates are in town, and we've got a few things we are keeping our eye on today:
First and foremost, third baseman Pedro Feliz is in the line-up this afternoon, which will mark his first Grapefruit League action of the spring. Feliz went 1-for-2 and played five innings in the field in a simulated game on Wednesday. I'm interested to see how much he plays and how his back responds to his first extended action. Feliz will likely start off playing every other day.
Secondly, Jayson Werth is back in the line-up after tweaking his groin and missing the trip to Port Charlotte today. Werth has just 12 at-bats this spring, although counting in a couple of exhibition games, he is up around 18. Still, that's a third of what the Phillies want to see their regulars get before the start of the season. Manager Charlie Manuel wants to see his regular line-up together, so staying healthy will be a key from this point forward.
Thirdly, Rule 5 pick Robert Mosebach is scheduled to see some action. The right-handed reliever impressed the Phillies in his last outing, throwing all eight of his pitches for strikes. I didn't get to see him the last time out because I was in the clubhouse talking to various players who had left the game early. Hopefully I'll see him this time around.
Paul Hagen has a nice update on former first round draft picks Kyle Drabek and Joe Savery, both of whom are in minor league camp. Drabek impressed the Phillies late last summer after returning from Tommy John surgery. This will be a big season for him.