3/12/2014 5:34 P.M. ET
Burnett working on finding slot, timing on curve
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett threw breaking ball after breaking ball Wednesday at Ed Smith Stadium.
It's a process.
"It's getting there, little by little," he said after allowing three runs in four-plus innings. "Finally struck out somebody on a hook today. Still hit one, but at least I got one strikeout."
Burnett allowed a two-run home run to Nolan Reimold and hit Jemile Weeks and Nick Markakis with breaking balls.
"Yeah, there were a couple guys we kept throwing to," Burnett said. "It didn't matter the count, just to find the slot and find the timing on it. It was good and it was bad, but it's better each time out. That's the pitch for me, the more I throw it, it's going to start going where I want it to. It's just a matter of throwing it, throwing it and throwing it."
Burnett fatigued in the fifth when former Blue Jays teammate Shawn Camp replaced him. Camp allowed one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning.
Camp is competing for a bullpen job. He has allowed four hits and struck out four in 4 1/3 scoreless innings this spring.
"Strike-throwing machine," Burnett said of Camp. "He always has been. He just competes. Throws anything for a strike at anytime against lefties or righties. That's the kind of guy you want in the bullpen. He might throw a little harder back then [in 2008 with Toronto], but we all did. I miss those days. I was talking with [Ken] Giles about it today. Enjoy it while you've got it."
Gonzalez scratched with sore right shoulder
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Another week, another sore shoulder for a Phillies pitcher.
Right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez did not pitch as scheduled Wednesday in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium because he has a sore right shoulder. The Phillies said he first experienced the soreness while throwing Tuesday.
Gonzalez already has seen a doctor and will see a doctor again Thursday.
"We're always concerned about guys who are sore," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But that's all it is right now. He is day-to-day. … He experienced some soreness in the front of his shoulder. We don't think it's anything alarming. He was feeling better today."
The Phillies are short on starting pitching depth, but it was highly unlikely Gonzalez would have opened the season in the big leagues anyway. He has not looked close to ready after signing a $12 million contract last summer. He allowed four hits, four runs and two walks in one inning Friday against the Orioles, which was the last time he pitched.
The Phillies originally agreed to a $48 million deal in July with Gonzalez, but the deal dropped $36 million following issues with his physical exam. The Phillies have said Gonzalez has been healthy since camp opened, although Amaro said the righty battled arm tightness last month.
Gonzalez joins a list of Phillies pitchers with shoulder issues: Cole Hamels, Mike Adams, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin.
Galvis continues to start over Rollins
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ryne Sandberg has been singing Freddy Galvis' praises since the offseason, when he essentially guaranteed he would make the team as a utility infielder.
Galvis went 1-for-2 with a triple, walk and RBI in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Ed Smith Stadium. Galvis has started at shortstop the past two Grapefruit League games, and is scheduled to start there a third consecutive game Thursday against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Asked before the game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is unaware of any health issue with starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
So is everything OK with Rollins, or is he just getting a break?
"No, he's fine," Sandberg said.
Asked if Galvis could push Rollins for playing time this season, Sandberg said, "Freddy's a guy that will get playing time at various positions. He's a guy that I like in the lineup. I feel good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence. His positive influence on everybody that's around him."
And what has he thought about Rollins in that regard this spring?
"No comment," Sandberg said.
Adams, Pettibone feel good after live BP sessions
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Two Phillies pitchers trying to recover from shoulder issues took a step forward Wednesday.
Right-handers Mike Adams and Jonathan Pettibone threw live batting practice sessions at Bright House Field. Adams is recovering from shoulder surgery last summer. Pettibone is behind schedule after experiencing inflammation in his shoulder last February, a recurring issue that put him on the disabled list last season.
"This was one of many hurdles," Adams said. "My strength is increasing. The true test will be to see how I feel [Thursday]. But overall, I'm happy. I felt good."
Adams could see game action sometime next week, depending how he feels following his next bullpen session.
Pettibone, who could see game action before the end of the week, could boost the perilously thin starting pitching depth. Jeff Manship and David Buchanan appear to be the top candidates to be the team's fifth starter while Cole Hamels recovers from a shoulder issue.
"I felt good, no pain," Pettibone said.
The Phillies don't need a fifth starter until April 14, 13 games into the season.
Pettibone thinks he could be ready by mid-April.
"I think it could be perfect," he said. "I'm behind, but I don't feel like I'm a month out of it."
• The Phillies scored three runs in the first inning in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Orioles. They had been held scoreless through the first three innings in nine of their previous 11 Grapefruit League games this month.
"Crooked numbers early," Sandberg said. "It makes a difference with the tone of the game as far as quality throughout the nine innings and having a chance for a positive note at the end with a W. Some real good at-bats. Good to see Brownie [Domonic Brown] come through there with the bases-loaded, two-out knock [in the first inning]. Freddy [Galvis] had a good game swinging the bat. Some good offense early. It makes all the difference in the world. It goes a long way with the pitching."
• Right-hander Kyle Kendrick pitched in a Minor League game at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla. He allowed six hits, two runs (one earned run) and struck out six in five innings. He threw 62 pitches.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.