UPDATE: 1:26 p.m. -- Just got word that Jayson Werth played in the B-Game back at the Carpenter Complex and went 0-for-2. It is 1-0 over here in Dunedin for what it is worth. Jays lefty Ricky Romero walked the bases loaded and then one run home. Credit Pablo Ozuna with the RBI.
Lots to get to this Monday morning. A cold front has moved through Florida, leaving us with temperatures in the 50's and steady wind blowing left to right on your radio dials. Below you'll find line-ups for today's A and B games, as well as the pitching rotations for the forseeable future.
First, though, the run-down:
1) Jason Donald might not make the big league team, but he could wind up in the history books as the Cal Ripken Jr. of spring training. The infield prospect has started all five of the teams games, and is once again in the line-up today over in Dunedin. Donald drew two walks yesterday and leads the team with four.
2) Brad Lidge says all is well with his right arm, and that the tightness he has been experiencing is the same type of thing he goes through every year. Lidge spends the offseason in Colorado, where the temperature is colder, the humidity is lower, and the altitude is higher. Naturally, it is going to take a him a little while to adjust to pitching in Florida. Thanks to a longer-than-usual spring training combined with a shorter-than-usual offseason, Lidge is content to take his time. Keep in mind he didn't pitch in any Grapefruit League games last year.
"That's it," Lidge said this morning. "It's such a long camp, and with how much I threw last season and all the other factors combined, Dubee and I decided that to be ready on April 5, I had to hold myself back."
3) Jeremy Slayden, John Mayberry and Eric Bruntlett all had hits yesterday, and all are among the team leaders in hitting five games into spring. Mayberry has worked extensively with manager Charlie Manuel and hitting coach Milt Thompson on his approach at the plate. They trying to get him to get more out in front of the ball -- in other words, they want his bat to meet the ball earlier in the strike zone rather than later. They've also opened up his stance. The results have been noticeable -- he is 5-for-14 and leads the team with three runs and three RBIs.
"He's got the total package," Thompson said.
4) Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch an inning on Wednesday, although he could go up to two, depending on how he feels. Hamels has yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game.
5) There is a B-game here at the Carpenter Complex at 12 noon in which Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton will pitch. I'm more interested in what happens across town in Dunedin, where young starters J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco are set to get their second appearances of the spring. Both pitchers sparkled in their spring debuts late last week.
6) Jayson Werth will play in the B-game. Werth hasn't played all spring, thanks to some offseason rust and a minor shoulder injury.
Stay tuned for more on what figures to be a busy day here in Florida.
vs Blue jays at Dunedin (1:05 p.m.)
- Eric Bruntlett CF
- Miguel Cairo 3B
- Raul Ibanez DH
- Ryan Howard 1B
- John Mayberry RF
- Pablo Ozuna 2B
- Jeremy Slayden LF
- Jason Donald SS
- Ronny Paulino C
vs. Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex (12 noon)
- Jason Ellison CF
- Marcus Giles 2B
- Geoff Jenkins RF
- Greg Dobbs DH
- Lou Marson C
- Mike Cervenak 3B
- Andy Tracy 1B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Jorge Velandia SS
Wednesday, March 4, vs. Team Canada: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Justin Lehr, LHP Scott Eyre.
Thursday, March 5, vs. Team USA: RHP Kyle Kendrick, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RHP Clay Condrey, RHP Ryan Madson
Friday, March 6, at Toronto: RHP Chan Ho Park, RHP Yorman Bazardo, LHP Sergio Escalona
Saturday, March 7, vs. Detroit: LHP Jamie Moyer, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Scott Eyre
Sunday, March 8, at Atlanta: RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Clay Condrey, RHP Ryan Madson
Monday, March 9, vs. Cincinnati: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Andrew Carpenter, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RHP Justin Lehr, RHP Robert Mosebach, LHP Sergio Escalona.