The Phillies had a few things develop in Thursday night's game against the Red Sox. Notably, catcher Carlos Ruiz suffered a bruise on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. The team announced that the catcher would be reevaluated on Friday.
Fortunately (unfortunately), Ruiz doesn't have to rush back from a potential injury. Serving a suspension for PEDs will allow Ruiz plenty of time to recover and prepare for the season.
Meanwhile, outfielder Delmon Young fielded balls in the outfield and ran the bases during workouts in Clearwater on Thursday. Young, recovering from offseason microfracture surgery in his ankle, will open the season on the disabled list. The Phillies estimate that Young could be ready to return to the lineup in late April.
Perhaps most importantly, opening day starter Cole Hamels tossed six innings and allowed just one run on four hits and a pair of walks. Hamels struck out five batters and threw 81 pitches to 22 hitters.
Hamels will have one more start this spring before opening day.
Finally, the Phillies face the Braves at Bright House Field in Clearater for the last time this spring. The next time the Phils see the Braves it will be at Turner Field for Opening Day on April 1.
Here's the Phillies' lineup for Friday's game:1.) Jermaine Mitchell, cf
2.) Yuniesky Betancourt, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Dom Brown, rf
6.) Darin Ruf, lf
7.) Laynce Nix, dh
8.) Erik Kratz, c
9.) Freddy Galvis, 3b
Lefty prospect Adam Morgan is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Phillies. Lefty Paul Maholm is expected to start for the Braves.