Friday, July 11, 2014
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Phillies still seem up to something

Phillies coach Larry Bowa, right, talks with Maikel Franco. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Phillies coach Larry Bowa, right, talks with Maikel Franco. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies are conducting all sorts of experiments at camp today.

Fortunately, that is not one of them. Brown switched sides of the plate for the pitcher's sake, not his own. So anyone who wrote a whole post on the merits of Brown being forced into switch hitter-dom can go ahead and delete that whole thing.

But things that actually happended this morning fed into a different offseason conspiratorial thread.

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  • At the moment, the Phillies seem to like Cody Asche at third, which means their other hot young prospect, who of course is also a third baseman, may need to cross the infield to fit in. We all remember the afternoon in which Maikel Franco's future with the club seemed to be altered.

    Back in January, Franco told the press he was switching to first base, Director of Player Development Joe Jordan said Franco would just see some time at first, and Ruben Amaro explained that the whole thing had been in our imaginations.

    We'll only catch glimpses of the truth moving forward, but today...

    No word on what exactly that thumbs up signifies. Probably, Franco will see some time at first base this season. But if the Phillies want to hang on to both players, some sort of experiment will have to occur. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

    Justin Klugh
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