The WBC is over. Players have been at it for weeks. Have mercy.
It's getting harder to keep up this Spring Training charade, even harder when you're forced to work with second-hand sources and rehash last year's data. It's even difficult to find a reason to look at the box scores. Carlos Carrasco got into some early trouble against the Yankees yesterday, but there's no story there. His status has been downgraded to "putting in work," but that's basically what everyone is doing.
The main focus for Charlie Manuel is to get his regulars in a comfortable groove, with final roster decisions still a secondary concern. The biggest stories of the week occurred Monday with the demotion of Kyle Kendrick, along with prospects Jason Donald, Lou Marson and others. Minor trade rumors have also surfaced, the latest involving catcher Ronny Paulino. Phillies sources confirmed they were shopping Paulino today for the Inquirer. The story there might be the first miscalculation of the Ruben Amaro regime, but then you look at what Jason Jaramillo has done this spring, and over the past few seasons, and see a guy who's hitting .148 at Buccos' camp and has no foreseeable future in the big leagues. Reportedly Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz are good to go for opening day, but that feels like old news. Several places picked up on the Jack Taschner report as the Phils continue to look into left-handed relief.
The Brett Myers and the Phillies travel to Kissimmee to take on the Astros today. And there you have it.