Juan Cruz is only pitcher or catcher missing as Phillies report to Clearwater

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Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reported to spring training on Tuesday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It began on an overcast day with Cole Hamels using a towel to practice his throwing motion, a steady stream of Phillies clad in shorts playing catch, and three nurses wheeling bags filled with blood to vans.

Pitchers and catchers reported to Phillies camp Tuesday, took their physical examinations, and participated in a non-mandatory workout. Of the 37 whose presence was required, only veteran righthander Juan Cruz failed to report on time.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. labeled it a "miscommunication" between Cruz's agent and he regarding the report date. Cruz is a non-roster invitee with an outside shot at winning a bullpen job.

Amaro could not say when he expected Cruz to arrive.

The 34-year-old pitcher was productive in 43 games for Pittsburgh last season. He had a 2.78 ERA but was released in August when he refused an assignment to triple A.

A Phillies official estimated Monday that 45 of 61 players had already checked into camp. Position players are not required to report until Friday.

The team has restricted media access to players until Wednesday.


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