03/21/07 10:35 PM ET
Notes: Garcia out with biceps tightness
Righty departs after one inning, returns to Clearwater for exam
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
If Ruiz goes down, the possibility increases for Jayson Werth to see some time behind the plate. Werth was drafted in 1997 as a catcher. Chris Coste might also become more valuable behind the plate, though he's still recovering from a tender right hamstring.On that front, Coste said he hopes to test the hamstring in the next "two or three" days. If all goes well, he could play in a game this weekend. While he hasn't played in a game since Friday, Coste said he's done all other baseball activities except run. To get mentally ready, Coste said, "The first thing I do is pop in the 2006 highlight tape to help the brain release some good endorphins. That will help me heal faster." Once Coste can play, he'll head to the Minor League complex for extra at-bats. In 18 Grapefruit League at-bats this spring, he's hitting .278. A formality? All that's left is the official announcement. Instead of facing the Braves at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater on Friday, righty Brett Myers will see Toronto's top Minor League team at the Carpenter Complex. The Phillies don't see a reason to start Myers against a team he faces so early in the regular season. Like Opening Day, to be exact. Unless something drastic happens, Myers would make his final Grapefruit League start on March 28 against the Devil Rays, then be in line to start the opener on April 2 at Citizens Bank Park against the Braves. It would be the righty's first career Opening Day assignment. Quotable: "Today is another day around the block. You have to roll with the punches, son, and not get hit." -- Manuel, on Wednesday's injuries Philling in: Closer Tom Gordon had an adventurous eighth inning, allowing two walks and hitting a batter in a scoreless inning. He said he felt fine and is scheduled to throw again on Friday. ... Voting for the Phillies Wall of Fame ends Friday at 12:01 p.m. ET. John Vukovich, who passed away on March 8, is one of 15 Phillies alumni on the ballot. The top five vote-getters are then presented to a special Phillies Wall of Fame Selection Committee, which selects the 2007 inductee. ... Lefty Fabio Castro, vying for a spot in the bullpen, allowed three runs on three hits in three innings, with two walks and a homer. Up next: Jamie Moyer is still baffling hitters at age 44, and will face the Red Sox on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Bright House Networks Field. He has a 2.51 spring ERA and hasn't allowed an earned run in his previous three outings. Lieber, moved to the bullpen on Wednesday, is scheduled to make his relief debut for the Phillies.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.