Phillies Notes

CLEARWATER, Fla. - If manager

Charlie Manuel

has picked an opening-day starter, he's not letting on.

He said the picture should become clearer in the next 10 days to two weeks. Lefthander Jamie Moyer starts for the Phillies tomorrow in their Grapefruit League opener against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. Brett Myers pitches Friday against Cleveland at Bright House Networks Field.

Adam Eaton pitches Saturday against Boston in Fort Myers. Cole Hamels pitches Sunday against the New York Yankees in Clearwater. Freddy Garcia pitches in a B game Monday against Toronto in Clearwater, and Jon Lieber pitches Monday against Cincinnati in Sarasota.

A smart bet for the moment has Garcia the opening-day starter, followed by Myers, Hamels, Eaton and Moyer. But that can change.

"We can give people different looks by splitting up our rotation," Manuel said, referring to separating Garcia and Myers with a lefthander. "But at the same time, we haven't settled it yet."

Questions. Answers?

George Mitchell's

investigators visited the Phillies last week, but it's unclear how much the players cooperated with the investigation of steroid use in baseball.

The Phillies had their counsel, Bill Webb, on hand.


The Phillies tune up for Detroit by meeting Florida State at 6:35 tonight at Bright House.

Kyle Drabek


Scheduled to make the trip to Lakeland tomorrow are Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Wes Helms, Chris Coste, Carlos Ruiz, Greg Dobbs, Matt Smith and Fabio Castro.

The Phillies play their first game at Bright House on Friday, against the Indians. Both teams will use the designated hitter.

Extra bases

First-base coach

Davey Lopes

has been working with the Phillies on baserunning all spring. He worked with Pat Burrell individually for a short time yesterday. . . .

Ryan Howard, Chase Utley

and Jimmy Rollins are taping an All-Star Game TV spot for Fox today in Clearwater. . . . Righthander

Yoel Hernandez,

who has not thrown this spring because of a shoulder injury, took a ball off his right hand while running the bases during a relay drill. He seemed OK. . . . The Phillies had a shortened workout yesterday because of their annual golf tournament.

- Todd Zolecki