02/28/12 3:11 PM EST
Manuel unveils first starting lineup of spring
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies play an exhibition game Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET against Florida State at Bright House Field, and manager Charlie Manuel ran through his lineup card following Tuesday's workout at the Carpenter Complex:
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Juan Pierre, DH
3. Shane Victorino, CF
4. Hunter Pence, RF
5. Ty Wigginton, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
8. Michael Martinez, 2B
9. Tuffy Gosewisch, C
Manuel said Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not play, which is part of the Phils' plan to lighten their workload during Spring Training. Catchers Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider also are not expected to play.
Manuel said Jim Thome is expected to get at least one at-bat, but he will not play in the field. Otherwise, Manuel said he will try to get every other position player in the game.
Right-hander Austin Hyatt will start for the Phillies.
Philadelphia opens its Grapefruit League schedule Saturday at home against the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET, in a game that will be broadcast on MLB.TV.
Phils like their pitching depth in camp
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Austin Hyatt will start Wednesday's exhibition against Florida State at 1:05 p.m. ET, but he isn't the only young pitcher who will get a look against the Seminoles.
The Phillies also have Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, J.C. Ramirez, B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont scheduled to face the Seminoles. The Phils have a lot of young pitchers in camp, and while it will be difficult for them to make the Opening Day roster, a few of them could see time in the big leagues this season.
It's a talented group.
"We've got some young guys in this camp with higher upside than we've had in the past," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "We talk about Aumont and [Justin] De Fratus. We've also got talent in guys like Schwimer and Joe Savery. And, of course, we've added some guys with experience in the big leagues, with [Joel] Pineiro, [David] Purcey, [Scott] Elarton, [Dave] Bush and Dontrelle [Willis]. Our inventory has gotten a lot deeper."
Feliz drops by to visit former teammates
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pedro Feliz dropped into camp to say hello to a few friends Tuesday.
Feliz, 36, played third base for the Phillies from 2008-09, and delivered the game-winning hit in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.
He played last season with the Camden Riversharks and with Triple-A Tucson, but has not signed with a team this season, although he said he would like to continue his baseball career.
Asked if anybody ever asks him about his game-winning hit in the Series-clinching game of the '08 Fall Classic, Feliz said, "Not really. I guess it depends where I am, and if people know it happened."
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard visited foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson in Baltimore this week, but the Phillies will not have a medical update until Wednesday morning. Howard could be back in camp Wednesday. ... Left-hander Cliff Lee threw live batting practice as scheduled Tuesday. He missed a bullpen session last week because of a sore abdominal muscle, but is back on track.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.