CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hard to believe, but only 11 days remain in spring training here in Florida. The Phillies will play their final game on April 1 before flying back to Philadelphia for a two-game exhibition series vs. Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park on April 2-3.
Not much is left to be decided in camp, but pitchers will begin to go through their final tune-ups in preparation for the season. That's at least one thing to watch.
Here is the pitching schedule for the last full week of spring training:
Today vs. Yankees
Brad Lidge (starts a minor-league game)
Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay
J.C. Romero (pitches a simulated game)
Wednesday at Atlanta
Thursday vs. Houston
Roy Halladay (starts a minor-league game)
Friday at Yankees
Saturday at Twins
A few notes: Halladay pitching in the minor-league game is interesting. He said the other day that he wants to reach 100 pitches in his next outing before tapering down in his final start of the spring, which should come March 30 against Houston. Pity on those minor-leaguers, I guess.
Moyer was originally scheduled to go Saturday in Ft. Myers but was bumped up to Friday so he can go on five days rest. So now he'll pitch under the lights in Tampa against the Yankees. Needless to say, it'll be important.
You'll also notice guys like Contreras, who will begin pitching in games every other day from here on out. It'll be interesting to see how the starter turned reliever handles it.
And another note: Brett Myers is scheduled to face the Phillies on Thursday here in Clearwater. That should be fun.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz was scratched from today's lineup with an illness. He will be replaced by Dane Sardinha.
Here is the rest of the lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Jayson Werth 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Ben Francisco 8
8. Dane Sardinha 2
9. Cole Hamels 1
A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes are scheduled to pitch for the Yankees. Game is on ESPN at 1.