CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sees John Mayberry Jr. playing more left field than first base to start the season.
The Phillies have other options at first base while Ryan Howard recovers from his left Achilles surgery, like Jim Thome, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton. Manuel also said while the presumption is Mayberry and Nix will platoon in left field with Nix playing against right-handed pitchers, and Mayberry playing against left-handed pitchers, Mayberry could see some time against right-handers, too.
"We'll see how much load he can carry," he said.
Polanco says he's ready after hernia issues
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The first week of Spring Training is a time to ask specific Phillies players specific questions about issues surrounding them during the offseason.
That includes Cole Hamels' impending free agency, Shane Victorino's impending free agency, Ryan Howard's left Achilles surgery, Jonathan Papelbon's first spring with a different team, Roy Halladay's non-encounter with an anaconda in the Amazon and Placido Polanco's recovery from offseason sports hernia surgeries.
"I've been taking ground balls, hitting, running," Polanco said Wednesday morning at Bright House Field. "I think I'm good to go."
Polanco hit .398 in April, but just .243 with just 10 extra-base hits the rest of the season. He said the two abdominal tears affected him in the field and at the plate, which could explain his precipitous slide offensively.
"When you have a tear in the abdominal, you know it's there," Polanco said. "When you're hurt in that area, you know how much you use it. Sometimes you take it for granted. When you hurt your elbow, you can't move. You use your abdominal for everything. And when I had surgery, I really noticed it. Every time I coughed, every time I laughed, it hurt. It's a small muscle, but you really use it."
Polanco, 36, said he is not limited in any way as the Phillies hold their first full squad workout on Friday.
But can he stay healthy an entire season? He hasn't been able to avoid the disabled list the past two seasons.
"You can't think, 'Oh, I'm going to get hurt,'" he said. "I got fixed. I did a good rehab. So, we'll see. I think I'm going to stay healthy."
Wolever promoted to assistant scouting GM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies on Wednesday promoted Marti Wolever to assistant general manager of amateur scouting.
He had been their director of scouting since Oct. 2001.
"Marti has played an instrumental role in securing some of our top talent since joining the club," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., said in a statement. "We are pleased to recognize his numerous contributions with this promotion."
Wolever led the drafts that brought the organization Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley and Mike Stutes. His drafts also supplied the Phillies with prospects that helped them acquire Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence and others.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.