TAMPA, Fla. — Jonathan Papelbon lowered his Grapefruit League ERA on Friday, so there was that. He was able to finish an inning, which was also a plus.
Still, it was another shaky spring outing for the Phillies closer. He allowed two runs to the Yankees in a 10-5 win and needed 28 pitches to record three outs.
Papelbon has permitted eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, which leaves his spring ERA at 43.20.
"I ain't worried about Pap," Charlie Manuel said. "Pap is fine."
Earlier in the week, pitching coach Rich Dubee referenced some other closers — like Billy Wagner, Jose Mesa and Ricky Bottalico — who traditionally imploded during Grapefruit League play. Dubee's concern level for Papelbon, his $50 million closer, was less than zero.
If anything, Papelbon has gotten plenty of work. He threw 31 pitches in his first appearance before another 28 on Friday.
EXTRA BASES. Domonic Brown drew three walks and has a .600 on-base percentage in seven games. ... Ryan Howard will play again Saturday, marking his eighth start in eight days. Chase Utley has a scheduled day off. ... Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run double in his final game before the World Baseball Classic. He could be gone for up to three weeks depending on how far the United States advances.
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