03/04/2013 4:41 PM ET
Manuel pleased with Phillies' spring so far
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies allowed just one hit Monday in a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field to improve to 5-5-1, winning five of their last eight Grapefruit League games. Ryan Howard has looked good, starting the spring's first 11 games.
Chase Utley is playing whenever scheduled, and has looked fine. Roy Halladay says he feels better than he felt last year. Domonic Brown is tearing the cover off the ball. And after an awful start defensively, the Phillies have done a bit of a better job catching the ball.
"We've worked hard," Manuel said. "And about the last three days really, if you've noticed, we've started to swing the bats better. We've started to play better. Things are starting to work for us. We're healthy. We're playing everybody to see what we've got. Yeah, I like the way our camp has been running so far."
Manuel said Brown has stepped forward early. Brown is fighting for regular playing time in the outfield, and has hit .348 with one double, three home runs and four RBIs in 23 at-bats. If the season started Tuesday, he would have to be the Opening Day right fielder.
"He's showed a good stroke since we've started playing games," Manuel said. "He's been the consistent guy as far as how he's looked at the plate."
Of course, there are 22 games to play before the Phillies head to Philadelphia for a pair of exhibition games March 29-30 against the Blue Jays. Anything can happen in that time. But so far, Manuel likes what he sees.
Lannan continues strong spring with latest outing
BRADENTON, Fla. -- John Lannan has looked fine in his first two Grapefruit League starts.
He allowed one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings Monday in a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field, although he certainly did not like walking the leadoff hitter in the second and third innings. Lannan has allowed five hits, one run, two walks and struck out one in five innings this spring.
He will open the season as the team's fifth starter.
Lannan got a nice break before he pitched the second inning Monday because the Phillies scored four runs in the top of the second, three of them on bases-loaded walks. Pitchers often talk about getting used to the "up and downs" during Spring Training, the times when pitchers take a seat in the dugout before getting their next inning of work.
Lannan had a long one there.
"It's good to practice that now and keep the legs going," he said. "It was good to have that long rest. It was difficult, but it's something you've got to adjust to. … I felt like I had a good rhythm today. The fastball felt good, and I had a good mix with [catcher Humberto] Quintero back there."
Adams sharp in second spring appearance
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Phillies setup man Mike Adams looked sharp in his second appearance this spring.
He struck out one in a perfect inning Monday in a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field. He has made two scoreless appearances this spring. Adams is coming back after having thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October.
"I feel good," he said. "Everything is coming along the way I expected, the way I hoped. It feels like the arm strength is getting a little better every outing. I'm just trying to carry this the rest of the month and into April."
Outfielder Young to have ankle examined in LA
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Phillies outfielder Delmon Young is scheduled to fly Tuesday morning to Los Angeles to have his surgically repaired right ankle examined.
He had microfracture surgery in November.
Young has not participated in workouts with his teammates this spring, although he has been hitting off the practice tee, throwing long toss and running at 90 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Young said he is optimistic the doctor will give him good news, which would allow him to step up his rehabilitation program. The Phillies remain hopeful Young will play in Grapefruit League games before the team heads to Philadelphia on March 28.
Rosenberg dealing with minor elbow issue
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander B.J. Rosenberg has some tenderness in his right elbow, which was why he did not pitch Sunday as scheduled.
It is not considered serious.
Rosenberg, who could be back in a Grapefruit League game in a couple days, is competing for one of three job openings in the bullpen. He is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in two appearances this spring. He has allowed eight hits, six runs (five earned runs) and three walks in three innings. He went 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA in 22 games last season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.