Over the last two days, both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee saw their first spring training action on the mound. Halladay went two scoreless against his old team, the Blue Jays. And Lee gave up two runs in two innings today against the Tigers. Both Phillies aces are in the beginning stages of working out the kinks before the regular season.
But while some are easing their way into baseball shape, others need to play well now. Ben Francisco has taken the proverbial bull by the horns right from the start, as he is competing for the job in right field. Francisco is batting .400 with four hits and five RBI in ten at-bats.
As for his competition, Domonic Brown has yet to get a hit. He is 0 for 12. John Mayberry Jr. has not done too much either, hitting just .250. It looks like the job may be Francisco’s if the young guys do not step it up, fast.
Chase Utley is still resting after being diagnosed with right knee tendonitis. He is able to hit, but not doing any running. The issue has been downplayed by Utley and team management, but this may be something to keep a close eye on.
I had a few thoughts about how to keep Chase Utley healthy. Here are a few ideas:
Clone him. Use a different Utley clone each day to keep him fresh!
The Bionic Man: Replace bum body parts with super-powerful bionic parts:
Iron Man armor:
Store Utley in a protective bubble:
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