Paul Hagen: Several scouts in Florida have seen their fill of Luis Castillo. And every one who has offered an opinion, at least a half dozen in all, reached the same conclusion: Done. Washed up. Can't play anymore.
Paul Hagen: It started innocently, as many traditions do. Thirty years ago, baseball barely observed St. Patrick's Day during spring training. And then Tug McGraw decided to have a little fun.
Paul Hagen: There didn't seem to be any way the Phillies would get Roy Halladay. There didn't seem to be any way they would get Cliff Lee. There doesn't seem to be any way they can get Texas Rangers star Michael Young. Or is there?
Paul Hagen: For the first time it's possible to wonder aloud if the patellar tendinitis that has dogged Chase Utley all spring might disrupt his entire 2011 season. In fact, somebody did ask if he anticipates being able to play at all this year.
Paul Hagen: The Phillies' need to identify a new rightfielder, combined with a dearth of alternative story lines to follow, has placed rookie Domonic Brown squarely in the middle of an artificial maelstrom.
Paul Hagen: Hitting a pitched baseball is supposed to be the single most-difficult athletic feat. So, if nothing else, Joe Savery has raised the degree of difficulty as he attempts an extreme makeover of his career.
Paul Hagen: That curious Texas two-step between Michael Young and the Phillies could be viewed from a different angle after yesterday's revelation that Chase Utley has not been held back because of general soreness, as had been the party line.
Paul Hagen: There are a few names on the Phillies' spring training roster for whom the next 33 days have the potential to make or break their careers.
Paul Hagen: The latest tweet heard 'round the world had the Phillies scrambling the jets a little bit. The blogosphere began buzzing Sunday evening when news broke that Cliff Lee experienced some discomfort before spring training
Paul Hagen covers baseball for the Daily News.