We've got updates on Harry Kalas and Carlos Ruiz down below. First, the line-up for today's game against the Braves. Joe Blanton is pitching, and he'll also be making his first at-bat since his now famous home run in the World Series:
- Marcus Giles 3B
- Jayson Werth CF
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Ryan Howard 1B
- John Mayberry RF
- Jason Donald 2B
- Eric Bruntlett SS
- Ronny Paulino C
- Joe Blanton P
I'm hearing that Harry Kalas is expected back in Florida next weekend, just in time to participate in a telecast next Sunday. Kalas has missed the first month of spring training while recovering from surgery. Kalas is reportedly doing well and looking back to getting behind the mic.
The Phillies still don't have much information on catcher Carlos Ruiz, who left Panama's game against Puerto Rico last night after straining his neck while looking up for a foul pop. The injury has been diagnosed as a neck strain. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan has been in touch with Panama's trainer, but the Phillies expect to know more at some point today. The injury is not believed to be serious.
I'm looking forward to seeing Braves pitching prospect Tommy Hanson, currently No. 4 on Baseball America's prospects list and one of the top up-and-coming pitchers in the minor leagues. Hanson, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound righty, split time between Class A and Class AA last season, going a combined 11-5 with a 2.41 ERA. His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 miles an hour according to various media reports. He was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, going 5-0 with an absurd 0.63 ERA.
Hanson is expected to head down to the minors for another year (or half of a year) of seasoning. He is 22 years old.