Utley, Rollins only two regulars not playing against FSU

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Chase Utley will not play tomorrow against Florida State. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

A quick afternoon update. . .

1) The Phils play their first game of the spring tomorrow, when they will host Florida State in an exhibition at Bright House Field.

2) The only two regulars who will not start the game are Jimmy Rollins, who has been excused to attend the Motown tribute at the White House, and Chase Utley, who Charlie Manuel says is suffering from some body soreness due to his intense training thus far.

3) Pete Orr will start in place of Utley at second base. Wilson Valdez will start in place of Rollins at short stop.

4) I didn't get a chance to catch Cole Hamels live batting practice session today, but everybody I've talked to said he put on a show. Manuel's eyes lit up when I asked him what his gut feeling was about Hamels this season. Hamels shattered a few bats today, including those belonging to Valdez and non-roster invitee Brandon Moss.

5) Speaking of Valdez, he's agreed to terms on a contract for 2011. It's pretty much a procedural thing. I don't have the terms. 

6) Drew Naylor is scheduled to start tomorrow against FSU. Cole Hamels is scheduled to start Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees (it is on the road in Tampa). Hamels will be opposed by Bartolo Colon. On Sunday, Joe Blanton will face Ivan Nova in Clearwater.  

 

 


 

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