02/21/12 4:43 PM EST
Victorino staying focused on task at hand
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Shane Victorino can, too.
Victorino arrived in camp on Tuesday to a red carpet, director's chair and lights in front of his locker following Monday night's appearance on "Hawaii Five-0," courtesy of Jimmy Rollins and a few other pranksters.
"You definitely think about [free agency], but you've just got to stay focused on what's ahead of you," Victorino said. "It's a big year for all of us, not just because of free agency. Getting back to where we need to be is very important. There are a lot of expectations. I don't want to use the word disappointment, but last year ended so quick. We want to keep this team as long as we can, but there's a certain point when all that stuff starts coming into play."
Victorino said there haven't been any contract negotiations yet, but he said he plans on it.
"I don't plan on going anywhere else," he said.
Victorino said he would "like to stay focused on the season and not worry about that kind of stuff, but you never know what's going to happen.
"I never put a time frame on anything, but I just want to stay focused on playing the season out and seeing what happens," he said. "We'll go from there. But I don't think you should put a time frame on it. But is it going to be a distraction if you're talking about it during the year? Yeah, I think sometimes it does."
Contreras fine following bullpen session
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras threw a bullpen session Tuesday morning at Bright House Field.
It went well.
Contreras had right elbow surgery late last season, and the Phillies are hopeful he can be ready by Opening Day.
"Jose did fine," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He threw very, very well. We probably won't go as quick with him. But when he progresses, gets through a couple more bullpens, we'll see where he's at and get him into some games."
Right-hander Justin De Fratus, who has had some tightness in his elbow, has started a long toss program. ... Right-hander Chad Qualls arrived in camp on Tuesday. He had been excused for personal reasons.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.