Today was our last day in Clearwater. And our trip ended with Phillies announcing their starting rotation for the 2012 season.
Roy Halladay, to no one's surprise, will start the team's season opener at Pittsburgh. He'll be followed by Cliff Lee and Vance Worley.
While Cole Hamels would normally be considered the team's third starter, putting Worley ahead of him accomplishes two things.
One, it breaks up the lefties (Lee and Hamels) in the rotation. And two, it allows Hamels to start the team's home opener in what could be his last season as a Phillie.
With Chase Utley on the shelf for who knows how long, Freddy Galvis is getting a lot of attention this spring. In fact, he appears to be the leading candidate to be the opening day second baseman for the Phils. Not bad for a 22-year-old kid who's played only 33 games at triple-A... and they were as a shortstop.
I'll have more on Galvis' surprising rise through the ranks at 6pm and 10pm.
The Phillies, not at all considering that we have a limited time to cover them down here, have an off day today.
Luckily, the minor league guys are around, so we'll get to catch up with some IronPigs and R-Phils.
P.S. Check back tonight for everyone's favorite part of this blog.... The beach pic!
The injuries to Phillies infielders just keep piling up. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard already on the shelf, Michael Martinez has become the latest Phillie to get bitten by the injury bug.
Martinez broke a bone in his foot in today's game against the Orioles. The Phillies aren't giving an official time frame for his return, but the guess here is that he misses at least month.
At this rate, I may throw my hat in the ring to play the infield for this team.