Some early spring baseball notes…
Jason Donald (BlueClaws 2007) is 0-6 in three games, but has reportedly played well at third. He’s back in the lineup today against Tampa Bay. With Pedro Feliz iffy to be ready for the opener, Donald is getting a long look at third and second.
Not a good day yesterday for Andrew Carpenter, who faced six batters and didn’t get an out. Antonio Bastardo (2007) gave up a run in two innings and Sergio Escalona (2007-08) gave up four runs while getting four outs. Recap here. The Phillies are an insignificant 0-3 so far.
In the same game, Matt Maloney (2006), now with the Reds, gave up two runs including a home run to Pablo Ozuna.
Adrian Cardenas (2007) went 2-2 for the A’s yesterday in the Cactus League.
Kyle Kendrick (2004-06) and Drew Naylor (2008) throw today for the Phillies against Tampa Bay. Kendrick is next up in the fifth-starter battle. Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ each started strong with two shutout innings. Chan-Ho Park throws tomorrow.
With Indians OF Grady Sizemore nursing a sore groin, Phillies OF Shane Victorino will replace him in the World Baseball Classic.