As the Phillies head to Port Charlotte to face David Price and the Rays, they finally left Ryan Howard behind.
The big day is here. Ryan Howard finally gets to take a rest at spring training. After suiting up and playing in all 14 games and 11 "official" Grapefruit League games, Howard will have a casual Friday. Of course it doesn't hurt that Port Charlotte is two hours away by bus and that lefty David Price is pitching, but hey, a day off is a day off.
Certainly Howard has done alright without a break, batting .367 with a .397 on-base percentage and a 1.161 OPS. Of Howard's 11 hits, six are for extra bases, including three homers to go with 11 RBIs.
The way manager Charlie Manuel sees it, Howard needs to get into playing shape.
"If you're going to play 162 games, you've got to get in shape to play 300," Manuel said.
Here is the lineup manager Charlie Manuel will use with the rest of the gang making the trip:
1.) Freddy Galvis SS
2.) Kevin Frandsen 2B
3.) Michael Young 3B
4.) Carlos Ruiz C
5.) John Mayberry Jr. 1B
6.) Darin Ruf LF
7.) Domonic Brown RF
8.) Josh Fields DH
9.) Michael Martinez CF
Kyle Kendrick starts for the Phillies with Mike Adams, Mike Stutes and Aaron Cook to follow.
According to a story from Jim Salisbury, Stutes and Cook are two of the relievers fighting for the final three spots in the bullpen along with Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst, Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes, B.J. Rosenberg and Justin De Fratus.