02/25/09 7:15 PM EST
Phils tease Rollins; Amaro in market
Shortstop ribbed for late arrival; GM following free agents
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Jimmy Rollins arrived to the ballpark a few minutes late, missing the beginning of the club's stretching routine before batting practice, and his teammates wanted to give him a hard time about it. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who benched Rollins once last season for arriving late to Shea Stadium, didn't sound too concerned.
"He got the wrong directions to get here," Manuel said before the Phils' 8-2 loss to the Pirates in their Grapefruit League opener. "He stopped, asked a cop for directions and the cop sent him to [the Pirates' Minor League complex]. I believe him. He's fine. But at the same time, I do expect people to be here on time. That is a rule."
Veterans like Rollins typically drive to road games during Spring Training. Once the veterans leave the game, they are allowed to shower, eat and leave the ballpark before the end of the game.
Nomar odds decreasing: Asked if the possibility of signing free agent Nomar Garciaparra was dead, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it wasn't. But he added, "If I were to handicap this thing, I would say less than 50 percent."
Amaro said the chances of signing free-agent left-handers Joe Beimel and Will Ohman are "still open. But nothing has changed there."
Amaro said a few days ago that those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary to join the Phillies. That likely means a contract worth less than $1 million.
Start me up: The Phillies begin the competition for the fifth starter's job Thursday against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco and left-hander J.A. Happ both will pitch against Toronto.
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick starts Saturday against the Rays, and right-hander Chan Ho Park pitches Sunday against the Braves.
Manuel is looking forward to getting the competition started.
"I'm interested, but I'm interested to see where all of our pitchers are at," Manuel said.
Jaramillo has a new opportunity: The Phillies selected catcher Jason Jaramillo in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, but traded him to the Pirates in December 2008 for catcher Ronny Paulino.
Jaramillo hit .266 with eight homers and 39 RBIs last season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
"I was a little disappointed I didn't get the opportunity to be up there," Jaramillo said. "I feel like I had some pretty good years. I didn't get the opportunity, so I'm looking forward to it here. It was not easy to watch [the World Series], but I'm happy for those guys."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.