Beerleaguer has wondered why Laynce Nix has seen so little action in the early going. Turns out, the newly acquired outfielder has been bothered by a pulled groin.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies obviously hold Nix in high regard, signing the free agent outfielder to a two-year, $2.5 million deal through 2013, which seems a little superfluous considering they have a pair of lefty hitting veterans in Juan Pierre and Scott Podsednik who were signed to minor league deals, with Domonic Brown ticketed for 2013 if he can ever figure out how to field. Nix has the ability to back leg some balls, but there's also an expectation that he can fill all three outfield positions, if needed. The fact that he's DH-ing is good news, but the Phillies will need to see what the 31-year-old can offer defensively at some point.
Meanwhile, Cliff Lee toes the slab for the first time this spring, while Carlos Ruiz sees his first action behind the dish. They'll go Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry RF, Nix DH, Luna 3B, Ruiz, C, Martinez 2B. John Mayberry gets his first work in the outfield. Hector Luna makes his first start at third.
Monday's notes: Joe Blanton looked sharp. Scott Elarton was a nice surprise and physically appears to be in pretty good shape. The 6-7 right-hander is your classic Phillies reclamation project.