CLEARWATER, Fla. — The chilly Floridian weather has conquered one Phillies pitcher: Jonathan Papelbon will not pitch as scheduled Tuesday because of an illness.
The closer still came to Bright House Field in the morning and stared into space while seated at his locker. It has not been the greatest of springs for the $50 million reliever; Papelbon has allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.
The Phillies have expressed no concern over his performance.
Papelbon's spring ERA has always been greater than his regular-season ERA, with the exception of 2008. In 2011, Papelbon had a 12.60 ERA in Grapefruit League play and a 2.94 ERA during his final season with Boston.
His next appearance is scheduled for Friday against Tampa Bay.
>>> B.J. Rosenberg was scheduled to pitch Sunday but never did. He was scratched with triceps soreness, an injury the righthander said has affected him in the past. Rosenberg threw a bullpen Monday and said he felt fine.
Rosenberg is scheduled for an appearance Saturday.
The righty finished 2012 strong. His spring has fared quite as well. Rosenberg allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in three innings.
>>> There is a one-day respite from Grapefruit League play. Instead, the Dominican Republic is coming to Bright House Field for an exhibition in advance of the World Baseball Classic.
The D.R. will start Samuel Deduno, who made 15 starts for Minnesota with a 4.44 ERA last season. Their infield is stacked with Edwin Encarnacion, Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez.
Charlie Manuel will use this day to rest some of his regulars. His lineup:
1. Ender Inciarte 8
2. Kevin Frandsen 4
3. Domonic Brown 9
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Darin Ruf 7
6. Laynce Nix 0
7. Cody Asche 5
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Freddy Galvis 6
Pitchers: Cole Hamels, Ethan Martin, Jonathan Pettibone
The Dominican team is apparently lacking pitchers, so the Phillies have loaned them five for the day. They are a Venezuelan (Mauricio Robles), two Dominicans (Juan Sosa, Edgar Garcia), a Delawarean (Tom Cochran) and South Carolinian (Michael Cisco).
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