Inquirer staff writer Jim Salisbury reports from Phillies camp in Clearwater, Fla.
Checking in before the Phillies play Pat Burrell and the Tampa Bay Rays today at Bright House Field, where it is 77 degrees with a home-run wind blowing out to left.
Jayson Werth’s first start of the spring was postponed today.
Werth was scratched from the lineup with a strained right shoulder, suffered in batting practice on Friday.
Werth, who emerged as the Phils’ starting rightfielder last season and signed a two-year, $10 million contract this winter, did not play in the first three games of the exhibition season. That absence was attributed to a general lack of readiness for game action.
Manager Charlie Manuel ``gave me a few days to get my legs going. They were slow coming around,’’ Werth said today.
He said the shoulder problem is unrelated.
``I reached for a ball in batting practice and tweaked it,’’ he said.
Werth said the shoulder strain was mild and that he hopes to play Monday.
He was replaced in today’s starting lineup by John Mayberry Jr.
Jason Donald is making his fourth straight start, and third in a row at third base.
Burrell is batting fourth in the Rays lineup.