Pitchers and catchers to report on Feb. 18

Phillies pitchers and catchers will report to Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 18 for the official beginning of spring training. The first full squad workout will be Feb. 23.

The Phils announced the 2016 spring exhibition schedule Tuesday: the first game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Bright House Field against the University of Tampa and the Grapefruit League season will open two days later against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies will break camp on March 30 and return to the Northeast for a new addition to the exhibition schedule: games against their own minor-league teams.

The “Phillies Futures Series” will begin on March 31 at 6:05 p.m. at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium. After an exhibition with the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, April 1 (6:05 p.m.), the Phils will play the second game of the “Futures Series” at their home ballpark on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

Fan interested in trips to Clearwater can purchase three-game ticket packs from the Phillies beginning on Nov. 20. Individual exhibition game tickets will go on sale on Jan. 7.

The Phillies' regular season will begin on Monday, April 4 in Cincinnati.