Although he’s ticketed for Triple-A Ottawa, left-hander J.A. Happ takes one last turn this afternoon when the Phillies travel to Bradenton to take on the Pirates.
After a whirlwind day of roster activity, the Phillies have formed a clearer picture on which players they will take north. Infielder/outfielder Greg Dobbs, who’s probably locked up a spot, upped his average to .393 yesterday (22 for 56), with four doubles, a triple, four homers and 17 RBIs. It would also appear that rookie Michael Bourn has won a job, after hitting .286 (16 for 56) with three doubles, two triples, six stolen bases and nine RBIs. He’s also scored 16 runs and would appear to be Pat Burrell’s new late-game defensive and base-running replacement.
It all makes sense. In bullpen, Clay Condrey’s job appears safe, and for now, Zach Segovia has a spot at least temporarily. That could change once Jon Lieber returns healthy. Lieber is one of three Phillies who may begin the season on the DL, a list that includes Freddy Garcia and Chris Coste. Coste has not been ruled out for an Opening Day spot on the bench.
Myers dominant in 9-2 win over D-Rays
In his final workout before his Opening Day date with Atlanta, Brett Myers tossing six shutout innings, allowing only three hits, two walks to go with seven strikeouts.