03/11/11 7:12 PM ET
Phillies send 15 to Minors; Quinlan released
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The number quickly dropped to 15 when the Phillies reassigned Robb Quinlan and his agent asked for his release. The Phillies granted it.
The Phillies also reassigned right-handers Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Andrew Carpenter and Michael Schwimer; left-hander Ryan Feierabend; catcher Joel Naughton; infielders Tagg Bozied and Quinlan; and outfielder Matt Miller.
The Phillies optioned seven players to Minor League camp: right-handers Justin De Fratus, Drew Naylor and J.C. Ramirez; and infielders Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Rivero and Matt Rizzotti.
The Phillies are taking a little longer look at right-hander Michael Stutes, who has pitched well this spring. He has a 1.50 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances. Opponents have hit .143 against him. The only other non-roster invitees still in big league camp are left-handers Dan Meyer and Juan Perez. Meyer has a 6.00 ERA in three appearances, although opponents have hit .182 against him. Perez has a 3.00 ERA in three appearances, and opponents have hit just .077 against him.
The Phillies are looking for a second left-hander to pitch in the bullpen. They currently only have J.C. Romero.
Lee likes to keep it simple on the mound
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The moment that perfectly encapsulates Cliff Lee might be the way he caught a popup on the mound in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series.
He barely moved. He just nonchalantly stuck out his glove and caught the ball in the middle of a masterful complete-game victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Lee pitched three innings Friday in a 13-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. He allowed five hits, three runs and one home run. He struck out two. Lee was not as sharp as he would like to be as he continues to work out some kinks with three weeks remaining before he faces the Houston Astros on April 2 at Citizens Bank Park.
"The results obviously weren't as good, but whatever," he said Friday.
Lee is an incredible competitor, but he is quite different than Roy Halladay, who starts Opening Day on April 1. There is the obvious difference: Halladay is right-handed while Lee is left-handed. Halladay also is fanatical with his preparation. He keeps notebooks on hitters and his work in between starts. He studies hours of video.
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Lee? Not so much.
"I keep it simple," Lee said. "He likes a lot of information and stuff. It works for him. And he's the best, so you can't argue about it."
Lee is quick to say Halladay is the best pitcher on the staff.
"I'd like to hear someone argue someone else," he said. "It just doesn't make sense. There's no other argument that makes sense."
He also is quick to say Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball.
"And has been for a while," Lee added.
Lee has pitched with some pretty good pitchers in his career, including CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez, who won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award.
"He's had a good two or three years, but Halladay has been doing that eight, nine years," Lee said of Hernandez. "I'll take the guy that's been doing it longer. Felix is unbelievable. Stuff-wise, he's got the best stuff I've ever seen. But Halladay has got really good stuff and he's able to put it all together and read hitters. Not that Felix can't do that, Halladay just has been doing it longer. He's smarter with it and very crafty.
"His preparation is what separates him, and his ability to make adjustments and read swings and throw the ball where he's trying to throw it. There's a ton of people that know what to do, but to actually do it is a different thing. And he can do both of those."
There is a belief among fans and reporters that Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton sit and talk about pitching all day, exchanging philosophies and ideas in long, deep conversations.
Not so much.
"No, not really," Lee said. "I guess we haven't."
Lee said those conversations could come during the season.
"I don't really complicate things," he said. "I keep it as simple as possible. For me, the more complicated, the harder it gets. I try to keep it simple and it makes it easier. Halladay really doesn't look at it that way."
Lee does not watch video of hitters, although he will watch video of himself if he is struggling. He will not pore over scouting reports, although he will go over hitters with pitching coach Rich Dubee and his catcher the day he pitches.
"A lot of guys do [watch video] a ton, but I just go more off just playing the game and feel, reading swings and just kind of instinctive stuff, rather than having it all scripted out and planned out," Lee said.
It has worked for Lee so far, and he expects it to continue in 2011.
Lidge trying to fine-tune his fastball
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brad Lidge made his fifth Grapefruit League appearance Friday, which has been five more than he typically makes every spring with the Phillies.
Lidge has pitched in just nine Grapefruit League games the previous three seasons because of injuries and surgeries. He made no appearances in 2008 and 2010, when he recovered from knee and elbow surgeries. He made nine appearances in '09, when he suffered forearm tightness.
Lidge allowed three hits, two runs and one walk in one inning Friday against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Lidge is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (five earned runs in five innings) this spring.
"It comes down to this," Lidge said. "It's a pretty easy assessment so far. I feel like I can throw my slider on a dime, in and out of the zone, up and down where I need to. My fastball is garbage. It's that simple."
Lidge threw 20 pitches to Orioles hitters. He threw 19 fastballs, which never would happen during the season. But Lidge is trying to build velocity and improve command, and the only way to make that happen is by throwing fastballs.
"I have to work on my fastball," Lidge said. "I'm not sure what my stats are, but Spring Trainings have been very ugly for me as a general rule. I take a while to ramp up velocity and control my fastball. Even with being healthy, it takes a while. Hopefully, I'll get a few more outings and get where I need to be. If I don't feel good on March 31, I still don't care. If I don't feel good on April 1, then I care."
"Tell them not to worry," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about fans concerned about Lidge's spring numbers. "I ain't going to worry."
Victorino, Sardinha watch tsunami coverage
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The TVs inside the Phillies' clubhouse at Bright House Field are usually turned to MLB Network or ESPN.
The volume is low or muted as players eat breakfast and prepare for their work days.
But players watched CNN on Friday morning as tsunami waves raced toward Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States after causing massive destruction and casualties in Japan. Shane Victorino and Dane Sardinha, who are native Hawaiians, watched the coverage.
Both sounded confident their family and friends were out of harm's way.
"My family is in a higher area," said Victorino, whose family lives in Maui. "Everybody is coming up to them. My dad said people are parked on the streets, people from the lower grounds."
Sardinha's family is close to the shoreline in Oahu, but they are located on the eastern side of the island. He said he texted them and they should be fine.
Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ross Gload and John Mayberry Jr. each homered in a 13-6 victory over the Orioles. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel liked what he saw. "We hit some balls good today," he said. "Howard's homer, he hit it hard. It sounded loud. Gload hit some balls good. [Shane] Victorino did fine today." ... Right-hander Danys Baez walked two and struck out one in two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings this spring. "He kept the ball down better," Manuel said. "His first inning was better than the second. All of a sudden, the second inning he started throwing up." ... Left-hander Antonio Bastardo walked two and struck out three in two scoreless innings. He made just his second Grapefruit League appearance because of elbow problems. "We've got to get him on the mound," Manuel said. "That was a problem last year. He has to get on the mound more. If he's going to have a role, he's going to have to be consistent in that role. You can't be missing [time] and things like that. We have to be able to count on you." ... Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt is throwing in a Minor League game Sunday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.