02/19/08 7:47 PM ET
Notes: High praise for Feliz
Schmidt extols Phillies' new third baseman at camp
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
If you still haven't heard, Kendrick was led to believe that he'd been traded to Japan for a fictional player named "Kobayashi Iwamura" or "The Hot Dog Eater," as Myers called him.Near the end of the segment, Shane Victorino showed he had Kendrick's back by dousing Myers with a shaving cream pie, leaving Vieira to comment that Myers received his "just dessert."
"He probably knew it was coming, but not when," Victorino said. "They always call me the guy who gets everybody [with shaving cream] after games, so I thought it would be funny to get him now."Does Victorino now fear retribution? "No," he said. "Game on." Despite the story taking on a life of its own, Myers doesn't regret it one bit. "Negative, because he's going to get so many girls now, watch," Myers said. "The guy's face was on national TV, every girl in America would talk to him right now." Perhaps then, Kendrick said, Myers would be forgiven. Squeezing in Helms: While there's still a strong likelihood that Wes Helms will start the regular season with the team, Manuel allowed for the possibility of Helms staying. Assuming So Taguchi, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste all make the team as backups, Helms' addition would give the Phillies a six-man bench and require the team to carry only 11 pitchers. That possibility isn't out of the ordinary, since Ryan Madson, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin are all capable of pitching multiple innings. "If we have guys in our bullpen who can throw two innings, that's how we want to set up our bullpen," Manuel said. "Madson is a two-inning guy. If Chad Durbin lands in our bullpen, he could go two or three innings." Quotable: "I aspire to be young James. He's coming in to camp looking good. The only thing that's kind of heavy on him right now are those earrings. He might get hypothermia in his ear or something. Jimmy, what's up with the ice in your earlobes? Are they cold?" -- Ryan Howard, on giving National League MVP Jimmy Rollins grief as he arrived in camp Philling in: Right-hander Kris Benson will throw a second bullpen session on Wednesday. For the next week or so, he'll throw, rest a day, play catch, rest a day and throw a bullpen. He hopes to throw about 60 pitches on Wednesday, two sets of 30. "I'm trying to get my endurance going a little bit," Benson said. ... Bright House Networks Field is dropping "Networks" from its name, and the new identification is being phased in over the next few weeks.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.