Glorified stretching, jogging and long-tossing winds down as the rest of the Phillies roster filters into Clearwater.
I caught myself looking at AP pictures of Keith Foulke stretching his groin at Red Sox camp the other day and realized, then and there, I had a problem. Then I proceeded to the next slide: A shot of Mike Piazza doing the dosado with Doug Mirabelli.
Ah, the glory of pitchers and catchers, preparing for a marathon season with high-leg kicks, hurdles and a bunch of other stuff that could land out-of-shape pitchers on the disabled list for the rest of the season.
There isn’t much to take away from roughly the first week of spring training as the earliest arrivals flowed into Clearwater about a week ago. Those who arrived in shape are ahead of the game. Others, like Josh Hancock in Reds camp, found an early pink slip on his locker. He was placed on waivers after arriving at camp 17 pounds overweight. Tough luck for a pitcher who went 5-1 with a 4.45 ERA for a lousy team.
The better stories from the week brought encouraging news about Randy Wolf and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Others profiled new additions like Aaron Rowand, Arthur Rhodes and Abraham Nunez.
It’s still too early to figure out who’s in or out. Games are the ultimate indicator, so early reports along the lines of roster competition should be taken with a grain of salt.
For now, the pictures from camp reveal the changing seasons and colors of summer, the green grass and brilliant red caps, headed north in due time.
Hopefully, the extra pounds will not make the trip.