Every Phillie except Juan Cruz (miscommunication on report date) has checked in to camp in Clearwater, according to CSN's Jim Salisbury. And after a 4 1/2-month offseason that felt more like 4 1/2 years, actual baseball activities are underway.
The first official workout for pitchers and catchers is Wednesday, and the first full squad practice is Saturday. That said, plenty of Phillies have already begun fielding and throwing. Jimmy Rollins took grounders on Tuesday morning, Darin Ruf chased down fly balls and talked to the media, and, according to this Matt Gelb tweet, Chase Utley was more active in 10 minutes Tuesday than he was all spring last year.
Ryan Howard also made an appearance, reportedly looking slimmer than he was during the tail end of the 2012 season.
Some other scattered notes:
• Pitching coach Rich Dubee told CSNPhilly.com of his plan to split up lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee again this season. Salisbury opines that it could mean Hamels' first Opening Day start, followed by Kyle Kendrick and Lee. That would allow Roy Halladay to pitch in the home opener.
• For the 995th time since October, Ruben Amaro spoke optimistically about the healthy of Utley and Halladay.
• Former Phillie Ryan Madson was forced to shut it down just one day into spring training with the Angels because of a sore elbow. Madson could very well begin the season on the DL. Just awful news for a very talented reliever. Madson missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery.