Notes: Placido Polanco aims to return to the Phillies' lineup by the end of the weekend, reports CSNPhilly's John Finger, while Jose Contreras hopes for better results in his second Grapefruit League appearance this afternoon as the Phillies travel to nearby Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays. First pitch is 1:05 EST. Lineups are posted: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Nix LF, Mayberry 1B, Ruiz C, Pierre DH, Galvis 2B. J
By the numbers: John Mayberry Jr., the team's plate appearance leader, has started slow offensively (.213/.260/.298), but to his credit, has struck out just four times. Meanwhile, Laynce Nix is seeking his first extra base hit of spring. Freddy Galvis is tied for second in the Grapefruit League with 11 RBIs. Phillies' pitchers have issued the fewest walks in all of baseball (44) and have the fourth-most strikeouts (156). Aside from that, the Phillies are in the middle of the pack in virtually every offensive and pitching category.
Infield options: The Inquirer's Matt Gelb identifies a couple of infield alternatives that could shake loose from other clubs in the coming days. See them here.