Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's quiet

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's getting a bit dusty in these parts. My apologies, but truthfully, there isn't much happening in Camp Clearwater right now. The workout this morning consisted of light batting practice and few side bullpen sessions for pitchers.

It's quiet

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's getting a bit dusty in these parts. My apologies, but truthfully, there isn't much happening in Camp Clearwater right now. The workout this morning consisted of light batting practice and few side bullpen sessions for pitchers. 

Many players will participate in this afternoon's annual Bill Giles golf tournament. Some will not. They will enjoy an afternoon off.

The Florida State game was an appetizer to Grapefruit League play, which begins Saturday. Cole Hamels takes the mound and will most likely spend two innings out there. Will be interesting to see him. The reviews have been glowing thus far during workouts.

Chase Utley will not play again Saturday. Charlie Manuel says it's general body soreness that is limiting the second baseman. Utley declined comment and left the clubhouse when approached by reporters Friday.

So there's that.

In addition to Utley, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz will stay behind Saturday. They'll work out and not participate in any game action. Standard stuff.

Here's the lineup for the opener:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Ross Gload, DH
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Ben Francisco, CF
6. Domonic Brown, RF
7. Jeff Larish, 3B
8. Brian Schneider, C
9. Wilson Valdez, 2B

There is also a minor-league B game Saturday morning against Toronto. (Also referred to as the Jamie Moyer Special.) It's at Bright House Field. It's free and open to the public. First pitch is 10 a.m. Be there sharp.

The lineup:

1. Michael Martinez, CF
2. Harold Garcia, 3B
3. Brandon Moss, LF
4. Tagg Bozied, DH
5. Matt Rizotti, 1B
6. Matt Miller, RF
7. Eric Kratz, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Cesar Hernandez, 2B


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