03/27/12 7:10 PM ET
Phillies concerned about Bastardo's velocity
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies have said he is healthy, although he missed some time recently because of tightness in his pitching elbow, which they said was caused by dehydration. But continuing the spring trend, the left-hander allowed two hits, three runs and one walk in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates at Bright House Field.
"I would say there's mild concern -- mild concern that I'm not seeing velocity like I should be seeing," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "But at the same time, I think we've got that disease going through our camp where we've got a lot of dead arms right now. That happens a lot. I know a number of our starters and relievers have been talking about their arms starting to feel heavy, which is good. You've got to run through that some time. Some guys catch it early in the spring, some guys catch it late, some guys catch it when you walk out the door and get up north.
"We've got a lot of guys with a heavy arm, but that's fine. The fact of the matter is if you've got a heavy arm during the season, you've got to know how to pitch with it. You're not going to be 100 percent every time. You've got to know how to pitch when your stuff might be a little bit short."
But Bastardo is especially important, because he is the only left-hander guaranteed a spot in the bullpen. Left-handers Raul Valdes (2.08 ERA in seven appearances) and Joe Savery (4.26 ERA in five appearances) remain in camp.
Dubee said Bastardo is fine, physically.
"Oh, he's fine that way, yeah," Dubee said. "I'd just like to see more velocity. But again, I don't know that he's at that point yet, arm-strength-wise, or he's at this point where he's got a bit of a dead arm."
Galvis OK after fouling pitch off left foot
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis offered a quick smile in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon at Bright House Field.
"It's good," he said. "I'm good."
Galvis fouled a pitch off the top of his left foot in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. Galvis, who left the game, suffered a bruise, but the Phillies do not believe the injury to be serious.
Galvis, who did not get X-rays, is day to day. A doctor will examine him Wednesday.
"Tomorrow, I'm good," Galvis said.
The Phillies already are without Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery), Chase Utley (chronic left knee injury) and Michael Martinez (fractured right foot). If Galvis can not play, the Phillies likely would turn to infielder Pete Orr, unless they acquired somebody before the beginning of the season. But they could not afford to lose Galvis for any period of time.
That said, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it wasn't a scary moment for him.
"Scary, no?" he said. "It takes a [heck] of a lot to scare me. If I get scared, I usually get mad."
Diekman sent to Phillies Minor League camp
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Keep an eye on Jake Diekman.
The Phillies optioned him to Minor League camp Tuesday morning. They also reassigned right-handers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches to Minor League camp.
Diekman threw five scoreless innings and held opponents to a .118 average in five Grapefruit League appearances, impressing Phillies coaches and front-office officials. Elarton, who is trying to make a comeback after not pitching in the big leagues since 2008, went 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 14 1/3 innings. Sanches had a 6.43 ERA in seven innings.
"I told [Diekman] he had a great spring," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "I asked him first if he had an agent. He told me he did. I said, 'Fire him. Because I'll jump on and be your agent, and hopefully I'll be able to retire soon.' I think he's got tremendous upside. Seriously. That's what I told him. I expect to see him this year. If the call comes, I expect him to be ready."
Diekman went 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 53 appearances last season with Double-A Reading. He averaged 11.49 strikeouts per nine innings, holding left-handers to a .099 average. He also had a 0.79 ERA in 11 Arizona Fall League appearances.
Diekman, who the Phillies selected in the 30th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is likely to open the season in the Minor Leagues, but could see action at some point this season.
"I feel like I grew a lot down here," Diekman said. "I feel like I came a long way."
The Phillies had Hector Luna play in the outfield in a Minor League Spring Training game. Could he be working his way into a possible outfield spot? "I sent him over there just for the [heck] of it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Right-hander Justin De Fratus (tightness in his right elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday. It went well.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.