Through the magic of modern technology, minor league spring training no longer unfolds in total darkness. For those interested in this sort of minutiae, and chances are, you are, the Reading Phillies and Lakewood Blueclaws bloggers would appear to be set to post daily blurbs from camp. There are dual benefits. They not only report on individual highlights, but the squad assignments serve as a pretty good blueprint for where players will end up this season. For example, Scott Mathieson, who was dropped from big league camp over the weekend, tossed two shutout innings for the Triple-A squad yesterday. Outfielder Quintin Berry led off that game, suggesting he’s in the mix for a spot in a crowded IronPigs outfield. Other notables: J.C. Ramirez pitched with Double-A, Jesus Sanchez started the High-A game, and Anthony Gose was also with High-A. Colby Shreve and Sabastian Valle represented a couple of notables cutting their teeth at Low-A.
Polanco day-to-day: Here’s the latest on Polanco in case you haven’t seen it: sprained (not strained) right knee, which he hyperextended tripping over the mound. He doesn’t think it’s serious, but he and the trainers think they’ll know more about the severity based on how he feels after today.
Random stats: Last week on Daily News Live, I was caught off guard when Mike Kern asked if there were any stats that jumped out at me from the Phillies 2010 Annual. Looking over the magazine, here are a few: With the count even, opponents slugged .635 against Cole Hamels, which put him 350th among peers by that measure. The MLB average was .451. Brad Lidge opponents SLG when behind in the count: 1.243, which ranked 380th. The average was .587. Here are some happier stats. Jayson Werth slugged .973 against left-handed curves/sliders, best in baseball. The MLB average was just .338. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard slugged a baseball-best .728 against right-handed curves/sliders. The average was .353.
Today's lineup against Detroit: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Dobbs (3B), Howard (1B), Ibanez (LF), Brown (RF), Castro (2B), Schneider (C) and Hamels (P).
Transaction: Outfielder Chris Duffy, who saw most of his action participating in bullpen drills with Brad Lidge, was assigned to minor league camp.