The spring of 2010 is ready to begin…finally! Pitchers and catchers officially report in about 12 hours but some dedicated Phillies are already in Clearwater and raring to go.
Lefty JC Romero is optimistic about his recovery from surgery and says his goal is to be ready for Opening Day. Previous reports were closer to May, so this is very good news for the bullpen! And one of the newest Phillies, Roy Halladay, has been at camp for weeks already getting ready to impress his new teammates. This is great news! However, if I hear one more media member call Roy a “horse,” I think I may lapse into a coma. During my coma, here are the visions that will dance through my head:
In other pitching news, Brad Lidge spoke to the media today and no one called him a horse. Awesome. While Lidge does seem raring to go, he made the following comment which made me scratch my head a bit: “I’ll never put myself on the DL,” he said. “If they pull me out of there and say, ‘You can’t do it,’ that’s one thing. If I can physically go out there, I’m going to. That’s not a decision that I feel like I need to make.”
Clearly, Lidge pitched injured through a lot of 2009 and that decision hurt the team. This quote seems to imply he will do the same this year unless someone else stops him. Is pitching hurt really a good thing? According to the 2009 results, no, not so much. While you have to admire the tough-guy mentality, there comes a time where it is a detriment to the team. The coaching staff should keep a close eye on him this year.
Getting away from pitching for a moment, reports are also coming in about Chase Utley and his renewed physique. After looking a bit run down at the end of last year, it appears that Utley has spent a good deal of this off-season getting into better shape. He also arrived to camp early, sporting a more “buff” look:
Then we have all of the Placido Polanco chatter; will he make the adjustment from second to third base successfully? And how long will that adjustment take? Can Polly play second base once and a while so Utley can rest his newly gigantic pecks and give Greg Dobbs the occasional shot at third? No worries folks, Polly is flexible. He can do it!
We will hear all this drama and more in the coming weeks as camp unfolds. Good luck in Clearwater everyone!
Photoshopping by Jenn