CLEARWATER, Fla. -- While the Phillies participating in the game against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field took the bus ride over to Tampa Sunday morning, a contingent of "stay behinds" went through a brief and breezy workout at Bright House Field.
First baseman Ryan Howard, out since undergoing a procedure Monday related to his surgically repaired Achilles tendon, was not one of the participants. Reliever Jose Contreras, however, threw his second live batting practice with catcher Carlos Ruiz standing in as the hitter.
"He looked good," Ruiz said. "His ball was moving really good. It was very windy, too, but he said he feels great, so that's good."
Contreras, 40, was limited to 17 games last season by an elbow injury that he had surgically repaired in early September. He is a little bit behind the normal schedule for the Phillies' pitchers here in spring training, but he is confident he can be ready for the start of the season.